I am very excited to be showing a new series of works in my first solo exhibition in Singapore, presented by Chan + Hori Contemporary.
//A little bit of background information behind the show//
I was selected to be a part of UNTAPPED Emerging, the galleries’ affiliate programme initiated by the Visual Arts Development Association which culminated in a group exhibition in June last year. I am grateful to Angie, Nick & Ben for this wonderful opportunity as this injected renewed vigour into my practice.
I am honoured to be working with them again this year with the addition of Khai to the team, who has given me invaluable guidance during this process of making.
//Here is a little introduction to my work written by Khai Hori who curated the exhibition//
Born in 1990 in Singapore, Danielle Tay graduated from the Slade School of Fine Arts, University College of London, UK in 2014. Uncertain Discoveries is Danielle’s first solo at Chan + Hori Contemporary after participating in UNTAPPED EMERGING, the galleries’ affiliate program with the Visual Arts Development Association Singapore (VADA).
Evoking intimate episodes with an inquisitive mind like that of an explorer, the artist reconstructs experiences, memories and lived spaces through visual conventions. Her artmaking process embraces a varied and at times, tedious passages of retrospection and multiplication.Each artwork might commence as drawings on paper, then possibly replicated with paints on paper or canvas. Each motif and composition is later appropriated and reconstructed with paper cutouts. If resolution is still not achieved, these processes could be repeated or extended with cut and painted wood, metal or plastic.
These varied processes demonstrate an underlying philosophy behind Danielle’s preoccupation. They resemble the many ways we often unconsciously learn and engage with daily encounters. However, what we assume or are informed with might not necessarily correspond with what we experience and discover in person. And whenever we go through something overwhelming or witness incidents beyond science and logic, we recede to spiritual and meta-reasoning.
Uncertain Discoveries demonstrates an artistic approach in reevaluating and rediscovering, a heightened method and habit of human questioning, reviewing and recording otherwise instinctive, transitory fascinations and responses to grey areas of our physical world.
Written by Khai Hori
//Upcoming Artist Chat: 21 Oct 2017, Saturday, 2pm//
//Some teasers!// Click on the image to view in full