Seascape: A world in flux


This series was inspired by flux, the idea that everything is in constant flow and change. Seas reflect impermanence since they can be found in such different states, managing to be calm in one moment and turbulent in the next. They represent the external flux found in nature. However, since we exist as products of nature, we should reflect nature to a certain extent. With this series, I wanted to emphasize the importance of emulating the fluidity of water. I exhibited the paintings to wrap around the viewer as panoramas to represent how change cloaks and surrounds us.

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‘The Vibrant’ Oil on Canvas, 260cm x 84cm

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‘The Still’ Oil on Canvas, 260cm x 84cm

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‘The Violent’ Oil on Canvas, 260cm x 84cm




Exploring a multifaceted issue


This painting addresses the issue of how humans consume the Earth’s resources at unsustainable rates to fuel our societies. Cities and urban lifestyles are indications of human progress. We’ve come a long way from living as bands of nomadic hunter-gatherers to living as high-technology civilizations. However, it could be questioned if contemporary urbanity can really be considered ‘advancement’ when the practices that we need to uphold our modern lifestyles are unsustainable. The Earth can exist independent of us but there is no way that we can exist independent of it. In the painting, humanity’s finite time is represented by how the hourglass is ticking away. To reverse or at least halt the damage, the hourglass should be flipped so that civilization gives back to Earth.

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‘Ticking Away’ Oil on Canvas, 38cm x 76cm





A collaborative maquette

Fallingwater Re-envisioned’ was completed as a group project with my classmates Jacqueline Galang and Janelle Tan. We were supposed to make an architectural model of a well-known building out of recyclable materials. We also had to add modernist spin to the existing structure. The building we chose was Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, a residence built on top of a waterfall. The original site is represented through various design considerations. In the maquette, the styrofoam foundation represents the earthy terrain, the clear plastic coming out of the main structure portrays the waterfall, and the varied plants depict the forest surrounding the site. The modernist element is represented by the steel structure to the left, which was modelled after another famous building, Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

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‘Fallingwater,’ Mixed Media


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