Friday, February 13, 2015

'Imprint: New Works by Suzann Victor'

Sydney-based Singaporean artist Suzann Victor's conceptual mixed media installations and performance works shouldn't be unfamiliar to us. She's been churning out exciting works for two decades which are seen regularly around the world. Went to Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI) to view her new solo show.

Suzann Victor's works aren't focused on the art of printmaking and paper, which makes her solo show even more anticipated. These new prints were created during a six-week residency at STPI last year. In her challenge and interpretation of the traditional printmaking processes, she created over 60 pieces. (More about the artist's creative process and inspiration on MUSE.)

'Imprint: New Works by Suzann Victor' was so enchanting that I returned twice. Had a quick look the first visit, and the second, to linger over a few favored pieces and ponder. She organized them some individual pieces and into three Series- 'I Was Like That Myself ... We All Held Each Others Hands', 'Décollage' and 'Cloud'. In case you're wondering, many of those artworks have been sold. The shows runs till 21 February. Go!

This piece greets you at the entrance. Titled 'We Cloud'

Enjoyed all the pieces, but my favorites are from the 'Cloud Series'. Of wet paper pulp suspended in a formula of fluid acrylic medium. The artist employed "paper pulp as paint for mark-making instead, thus shedding its customary role as mere imprintable surface for pigment, or as in printmaking tradition, the surface on which images on the 'plate' are transferred." She explained,

Light is a really important element here because by allowing light to come through, the beautiful subtlety and delicacy of the paper pulp can be seen. Transparency is really beautiful. It's very honest. Water is obviously transparent but the irony is that with paper pulps, it's a process of dehydration. It actually pulls, drains and dries. It's about drying and recording the journey of water, its marks and shapes... It is marked by the form of the pulp that is left behind.

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