Moving to

January 7, 2013 at 2:41 am | Posted in Others, Writings | Leave a comment

Hi everyone! I will be moving this ARTBlog to a shiny new home at! I am moving the old works from this blog over, and will be updating from there onwards. See you there! 🙂

Much love,



My A LEVEL COURSEWORK Unveiled (finally!)

January 5, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Posted in Coursework, Installation, Mixed-Media, Papercraft, Sculpture, Writings | 3 Comments

Frame Of Mind (2010)
Mixed Media Installation: Paper, Lightbulbs,Balsa Wood etc


In my pursuit of freedom,
I asked, “What is this thing you call Freedom?
I cannot see it. Nor hear nor touch nor smell.
How do I know if it’s mine?”

“It always has been. It’s all in your Mind.”

Back from another long hiatus…

September 27, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Posted in Writings | Leave a comment

Hey everyone! Yes, I know my last post was, what, since January?!? Just to let you guys know, I AM STILL ALIVE. And so is this blog. Some quickie updates:

1. I just finished my prelims and will be taking my A levels in Nov/Dec this year. *shivers*

2. I finished my A level H2 Art Coursework! I can’t show you the pictures yet, but it’s a PAPER INSTALLATION. 😉

3. I do have some new drawings and stuff while doing prep, so I might upload those… check this space!

I’ll be back! 🙂

Final AEP Coursework 2008

October 15, 2008 at 7:31 pm | Posted in Acrylic, Contemporary, Coursework, Installation, Paper Relief, Papercraft, Papercutting, Sculpture, Writings | 1 Comment


Fiction, In Fact (2008)

Medium: A3 Paper 240 gsm, Glue, Acrylic
Dimensions: mm x (Base) 297 mm x 420 mm

Description: This artwork is a part-sculpture, part 2-dimensional site-specific installation. It is currently located on the first level of the school library and presented on a white pedestal. A white model of a dinosaur-bird hybrid bust is situated on the right of the longitudinal rectangular base. The head of the creature is created by adhering layers and layers of paper such that they are perpendicular to plane ground. By compiling multiple layers together, form is created by adding and removing layers at appropriate areas of contour. The creature’s head appears similar to that of a therapod dinosaur. Its mouth is open as though it were calling out. Five large head feathers protrude from the head of the creature; the size of each tail feather is larger than the one above it. The head is connected to the neck and upper torso, which is composed of stacking numerous layers of paper on top of each other. The layers of paper are stacked lengthwise, such that the layers of paper gradually decrease in size towards the neck. This creates volume for the upper body of the creature. A paper sculpture of an arm with wing feathers is adhered just slightly above the bust sculpture. The base of the artwork is a white, A3 sized cardstock joined to another layer of paper beneath. Both layers are presented in landscape. The paper beneath is painted a monochromatic gradient, starting with a dark black hue from the left, and gradually becoming a lighter grey towards the right, where the sculpture of the creature is placed. A silhouette of a dinosaur skeleton is cut out from the upper layer of the base, such that the gradient of the layer below is showing through the cut spaces of the skeleton. Although the skeleton cut-out clearly resembles that of a dinosaur’s, feather-like shapes appear to come out from the arm of the skeleton, forming a wing. The sculpture head is placed such that the neck of the creature is “joined” to the neck bones of the skeleton cut-out.

Meaning/Inspiration: Myths and fictional creatures have intrigued, excited and fantasized us for many centuries. But how did we manage to create such uncanny wonders that outlasted the erosion of time until today? This is the question that made me realize the intimate relation between reality and fantasy; that fantasy is actually a product fabricated from reality. What was really a prehistoric fossil could actually be the very element that catalyzed our ancestors to conceive the legendary dragon. My artwork manifests this relation in the rise of the mythological phoenix (fantasy) through its evolution from a dinosaur fossil (reality). However, these fantastic creatures and tales are gravely endangered by rapid modernization and scientific eradication. This sculpture is my wish for mutual symbiosis of reality and fantasy to endure the modern era. Through the rebirth of the phoenix from the ashes of science, fantasy seeks to find its pristine place again in our imaginations.

Reflections: I would definitely be more consistent in the following the shape of the cut-outs. Some uneven edges jutted out of the continuous shape. The head will be remade such that the layers are done in the same manner as the rest of the body. This way, it would not appear as though it were ‘plopped’ on.

ARTificial INtelligence reaches 10,000 Hits!

October 5, 2008 at 3:39 pm | Posted in Blog Misc., Writings | 1 Comment

A BIG THANKS to everyone who visited this ARTBlog!

ART.IN has achieved 10,000 hits (and counting!) since its’ opening on January 9, 2008. Starting out as what was meant to be a school SIA assignment, it is now a personal ARTBlog and will continue to be! Once again, thank you for your comments, support and viewership! (:

ART.Surfing–[Donna Ong]

September 24, 2008 at 5:41 pm | Posted in Art Reviews, Art.Surf, Writings | 1 Comment

Note to reader: This is not meant to be a critical review. If you’re looking for something professionally written, sorry bub, maybe go look here. I feel that the art critics out there like to write in flamboyant language and use all those bombastic words to illustrate some super abstract point (which maybe under all those façade, is actually very unsophisticated) and it just makes me more confused than the artwork itself. So… enter XY’s very entertaining and casual art response style, 100% guaranteed no dictionaries or art teachers required. It isn’t going to be graded anyway, so it’s purely my personal humble opinion, no offense. (:

I promised irreverently that I would write about some other artists I mentioned from Singapore Biennale ’06, but I never got it done, so now I’m making up for it! Today’s ART.Surfing spotlight will be on Donna Ong!! I’ve only got one photo of her works.. now I’m seriously regretting not taking more during Biennale!! 😦

For Singapore Biennale 2006, Donna Ong did 4 installations in four different rooms of City Hall. Each installation represented a different person, each with their own secrets. (ooooh…) These secrets are translated into installations by turning the room into a space where these inner thoughts and desires acquire form. Actually, there were notebooks with drawings by the imaginary person to vaguely explain his secret thoughts… but I didn’t see any! X(

secret, interiors : chrysalis (19) image credit:

This one was–to put very bluntly–very creepy. Like I explained in [The.Artist], I have a love-hate affair with these kind of Parental Guidance artworks. First look at the artwork and you get a

Eeeee.. crazy person”

response. Dolls seemingly drowning in coffin-ish boxes with tubes leading to a network of other random stuff suspended in solution-filled jars and bottles. One of the ‘stuff’ I remembered was ginseng. I didn’t notice the drawing of foetuses though. I confess, at that time, it was a look-and-go installation for me. I still couldn’t stomach these attractive yet haunting works for too long. After some thought, you would probably realise that this secret laboratory probably belonged to a certain Dr. Frankenstein who wanted to create human life. Motifs from Donna Ong’s Sing O Barren Woman (2002) are very evident here. Could Dr. Frankenstein actually be a childless woman trying conceive through artificial means of bringing plastic dolls to live? Easily the more “shocking” installation of the four.

secret, interiors : chrysalis (20)

Haha that’s Leny, trying to show you the beautiful hidden crystalware within the table. Too bad her hand is in the way. (Tsk.) The lights went on and off periodically, and it really looked beautiful when the lights came on full brightness. Leny fell in love with it.

My guess is this imaginary person is fascinated with pristine beauty and “the fleeting effects of light”!! Apparently he has created what looks like a crystal cave with glass stalactites and staglamites. Perhaps he is like a magpie—-mesmerized by glowing and shiny objects, collecting them and building his own little glass fortress.

I remembered almost trying to touch the glassy pillars of the cave (but now I can’t remember if there was a barrier or I quickly withdrew my hand in case I knocked something over)– the attractive power is so apparent! Another quality I would like to add is it’s fragility. Donna Ong mentioned in an interview that glass is like “shutting yourself out from the world (eg. snow queen)” but “at the same time strangely attractive despite its coolness”. I don’t know if the glass is a symbol/representation of the imaginary person, but if it were, this person would be: Introverted, Quiet, Doesn’t show emotions, Cautious, Rigid and a little…Compulsive?

secret, interiors : chrysalis (21) image credit: Universes in Universe

A table top-turned flying machine! Looks almost like the one from the Icarus Installation! Anyway, Icarus was a character from Greek Myth who tried to escape from exile using wax wings. But he enjoyed flying so much he got too near the Sun and his wings melted so he fell into the sea and drowned.

One look at this plane and you know it can’t take flight. But this is where imagination does its magic. It’s nothing like the real flying, but it reminds me of how I used to clip my pens to a ruler and pretend that it was some sort of treasure finding gadget. It led me to some..things.. I hid around the house. I actually kinda believed that it was a gadget, and hey, you really do get the feeling like you’re realling hunting treasure!

In private, (Or if you’re a kid who doesn’t care about what people think of you) this kind of magic does happen when you’re alone and no one’s watching. But hardly anyone shows them explicitly because they’re worried of what others might think of them. So what if you can’t really fly? You just need to be alone or be a kid. Now you’re flying!

Using that protractor thingy as the cockpit shield is really clever. What? I could sit on the machine seat? No one told me that! Aww… :/

secret, interiors : chrysalis (22) image credit:

This one’s pretty easy–a musical instrument! Those are stainless steel spoons and teppanyaki flipper/crepe spreading thingies! You can really make some (rather awful) music on this. This is probably the more interactive installation, since it allows you to play kitchen music. Does it remind you of how you liked to use spoons to hit the plates and cups then your mother told you not to play with kitchen utensils? Woah.. it’s like deja vu.

Deep down inside us, we all have secret beliefs and desires. Maybe we can’t clearly make out what they are at the moment, or haven’t felt so strongly about them yet. But Donna Ong’s installations makes us relook into our own desires and rethink that of others. What others’ desires may seem crazy to you may actually also be hidden in your own desires. But we don’t show it unless we’re alone, and we suppress them inside our minds, simply because we’re afraid others might find it crazy. (And they may actually do)

Donna Ong is a Singaporean artist known for her sculpture installations. Website:

the ARTist. Page finally updated!!

September 3, 2008 at 12:10 pm | Posted in Writings | Leave a comment

The World Rejoice!!

XY has finally updated her ARTIST page! You can access it by clicking the tab above or by clicking here.

School Assignment. -[Han Sai Por/Antony Gormley (3)]

July 28, 2008 at 9:23 pm | Posted in Writings | 5 Comments
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3. Compare and contrast the works by the artists, paying attention to their concerns in art.

The very first observable contrast that comes to mind would be the great difference in the works’ size and scale. Han Sai Por’s “Object C” is made to small dimensions, possibly to imitate the small beauty one would find in nature. Perhaps she wanted to show that beauty in nature is evident even in the smallest things and most overlooked places. On the other hand, Antony Gormley’s “Angel of the North” is created on a massive scale, not only because it serves as a landmark, but also its “interactions” with the environment becomes more obvious on a large scale.

Another difference is that Han Sai Por’s work appears more organic, both in shape and form. This shows her interest in the simplification of nature itself. However, Anthony Gormley’s “Angel of the North” takes on a more physical form, especially with artificial wings and its metallic nature. This presents his interest in the relationship between man and nature, rather than just focusing on nature itself.

The material chosen also brings forth the interests of both artists–granite is a natural substance, whereas metal, which Anthony Gormley has chosen, brings a strong, heavy augmented and industrial feel to his work.

Both artworks, however, focus on simplifying the shape and form, omitting unneccesary details. For Han Sai Por’s “Object C”, this method of simplification apparently accentuates the simplistic beauty of nature, whilst in Anthony Gormley’s “Angel of the North”, it removes any distinguishing personal features, thus the artwork’s statement on men in general, rather than personal. Both artworks also have an undeniable link to nature and the environment. Han Sai Por’s “Object C” strongly resembles an organic object, also showing a relationship to nature. Its form, shape and even material are also linked to natural objects. Anthony Gormley’s “Angel of the North” would appear inorganic at first, but its rusted facade indicates a correlation with the natural environment. As large and as strong the sculpture may be, nature still affects the sculpture, causing it to rust.

School Assignment.-[Anthony Gormley (2)]

July 27, 2008 at 5:15 pm | Posted in Writings | 1 Comment
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2. Describe one of Antony Gormley’s installations in relation to the concept of land art.

Angel of the North (1998 )

Angel of the North is a sculpture situated at the mound near the A1 motorway at Gateshead, United Kingdom. It is made or corten steel, and is enormous at 20 metres high. The sculpture resembles a human figure, with wings replacing its arms, outstretched in full wingspan to the figure. The wings are 54 metres across, angled 35 degrees forward. The human figure, though realistic in form and shape, lacks distinguishing details. Features are simplified, and details such as the eyes and mouth are omitted. Although the figure is organic in shape, there is a stark contrast in its wings which have replaced its arms. The wings are very geometrical; a long rectangular “arm” divided into smaller rectangles.

This site specific sculpture is located from a mound created out of the destroyed remains of the pithead baths of the Lower Tyne Colliery. Not only is it a large-scale public sculpture, it is considered a land art because of its interactions with the natural environment around it. Its rusting material is an obvious statement of its interaction with the air. It also becomes a representation of human’s interaction with nature, since its origin was derived from ore mines–men harvesting ore from nature.

[Comments: I didn’t include references to other examples of land art, so I will add it in here soon.]

School Assignment.–[Han Sai Por (1)]

July 25, 2008 at 7:19 pm | Posted in Writings | Leave a comment
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1. Describe one of Han Sai Por’s sculptures.

Object C
1992, 21 x 17 x 79 cm, Medium: Granite

Object C appears as a pod-like shape sculpture, and the sides slightly cave in to form a somewhat canoe-like form. Four round bumps are sculpted out from one side, and resemble seeds in a pod. Three smaller, less obvious bulging curvatures are modelled out from the opposite side. They look more attached and blended in as part of the “pod”. At one end of the sculpture, the two sides meet at a point to become a smooth, pointed end. On the other end of the sculpture, the sides elongate out separately; they do not meet. The side with the larger curvatures ends off somewhat abruptly, with a blunt but smooth end. The other side curves upwards, ending off in a smooth, round end.

The subject matter, though resembling a canoe to some extent, appears abstract. The sculpture is modelled from granite, and although the sculpture has been delicately modelled to be smooth on the surface, the colour is speckled against a sandy beige. Its stoney appearance gives it a solid, dense feel. The shapes appear organic, as though it were a heavily simplified model of a natural object.

[Comments: I really had quite a hard time describing this! There isn’t really much to describe as compared to, say, a painting by Dali. The simpler the artwork, the more difficult to describe! I did as best as I could to write as much as I could see… :p]

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