A THING OF BEAUTY
A THING OF BEAUTY is a series of photographed installations of small, locally sourced objects —the objectified minutia of everyday life, culminating in a structural wonderland of monochromatic shapes and shades. Hundreds of objects provisioned for the palette of this work were handpicked from mom and pop shops across Singapore’s residential heartlands, making each installation an anthropological documentary of things we own. Extracting objects from their “invisible normality” isolates each article’s preciousness in form, pushing one to discover an object’s capacity to hold meaning or invent new ones. This process distills the intangible value of common items as fossils and emblems of people, places and memories; while reframing these objects in an imaginary land- scape is an act of storytelling sans words.
“l am telling a story about the things people keep, the feelings and memories they store inside or project upon something as plebian as a ping pong ball or paper cup.”
“I think there is infinite beauty to be found in the most common things. We instinctively understand that when we are young but it gets harder to hold on to that purity and innocence as you get older – the things that we become conditioned to see as beautiful become more elaborate, ornate, or pegged to its value.”
Each installation exists as a puzzle unto itself, containing both the absurdities and profoundness of life, found in a grand orchestra of stuff. A Thing of Beauty is a bold celebration of the everyday and ordinary. The work aims to challenge common canonizations of what we find beautiful and helps us see a bit of ourselves in the things we keep.