Nyonya Surfaces I
Screen-print, Cine colle on Coloured Paper , 46 x 66 cm each , 2009
The Nyonya Surfaces series is an attempt to capture the evolution of the Peranakan culture in Singapore. From observations and research, the lifestyles of the Peranakans have changed as modernity has taken over, to the extent that these descendants of the culture today do not keep to the tradition as strictly as before.
Hence, the hand-drawn kebaya influenced wallpaper designs printed on both the silhouette portraits and background for the series is the artist's response to the identity crisis of the Peranakans, and seeks to look beyond the surface and questions if it is only the appearance that makes one belong to a traditional culture.
*Nyonya Surfaces I was exhibited at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute, part of the 29th Annual Exhibition of the Prinmaking Society Singapore. The show will ended on the 19th December 2009 at 6pm.
© MichyWitchy 2010