2012, 36 x 48 in. Oil and acrylic on canvas
Barn Swallow is a migratory bird that visits Singapore in large flocks every winter. They play an important role in controlling insect populations, but are often considered pests because of their loud calls and copious droppings. In ‘Migratory Birds’, a flock of Barn Swallows resting on Bougainvillea plants forms a crowded image. Rendered with oil in a traditional Chinese painting style, the strain created by forcing the behaviour of the oil medium echoes the clash between cultures, as well as the tension between winged migrants and rooted locals.
2012, 12 x 16.5 in, Oil on canvas
2010, 48 x 36 in. Oil and acrylic on canvas
'What' is an attempt to depict a mixture of intense loss and confusion. The self portrait conveys the artist’s struggle and the agonised state of mind when inspiration drains out. Surrounded by other overwhelming art works in the dimly lit background, she holds her new canvas with an uncomfortable grip and unfamiliarity. The intriguing depth and the blurred objects reflected off the unwrapped canvas further signal the sense of uncertainty and unknown often faced in the process of art making.