My first solo exhibition Boats & Bridges held at Reka Art Space, Petaling Jaya. The exhibition featured two installations, a series of objects, and a series of collaged drawings.
In ‘Bridges’, lengths of barricade tape are wrapped around a pillar and weighed down by plaster casts. These were made by pouring plaster into different sized plastic bags, their round shapes and flat surfaces formed by filling a once empty space with volume and mass.
(After the exhibition, a friend and I drove around Kuala Lumpur at 4am, dropping the casts in random places such as under bridges, roadsides, shopping malls, and the National Art Gallery. Did you ever come across one of them? I would love to hear from you.)
‘Boats’ is a word search stenciled on the floor of the main gallery space. The letters and lines were drawn on with plaster — the same material used to make the heavy plaster casts has now become ethereal and weightless. Visitors were provided with a list of categories and invited to search for the words as they walked on the work.
‘Benua Dalam/Inner Continents’ is a series of plaster casts, in shades of pale pink, made by pouring plaster into different sized plastic bags. Each piece has a text or body organ transferred onto its flat top surface. I thought of the words as floating continents within the body, mingling amongst the internal organs.
I also developed a series of collaged drawings, making shapes using the tops of the ‘Benua Dalam/Inner Continents’ plaster casts. The collages are made from coloured crepe paper, then held out in the rain during a tropical storm. You can view all the drawings here.
Lydia Chai wrote an essay titled Gloop Gloop which was published in the exhibition catalogue, and you can read it here.