Landscape along Little India
Ink on Paper, 135 x 205 cm
About the artwork
Artist Statement: Landscape along Little India is part of the urban landscape series. This aims to reconsider and reconfigure the idea of traditional Chinese ink landscape painting where buildings replaced mountains and were rearranged to form an urban landscape. As such it employs the traditional format of a Tong Jing通景 – scenery depiction through 3 panels. A sub-theme of this 2013 series is the juxtaposition of old with new. Here flats in Chander Road and Veerasamy Road were arranged with old shop houses along Kerbau Road. Whereas the old shop houses will most likely be preserved in years to come, the flats will probably be demolished within the next 50 years in Singapore.
About the artist
Hong Sek Chern (b.1967) graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, followed by an MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Sek Chern’s Chinese ink interpretations of the Singapore urban landscape have won her several awards, including the 26th UOB Painting of the Year Grand Prize. She was recipient of the Young Artist Award from the National Arts Council and was selected to represent Singapore at the 25th Sao Paolo Biennale. Her works are part of several institutions and prestigious collections, including Singapore Art Museum, Taipei Fine Art Museum, and the National Arts Council (Singapore)