SMALL THINGS

2021

SMALL THINGS is a family of hand-sculpted paper vessels in a soft kaleidoscope of shapes and shades.

This project began during the pandemic lockdown in Singapore on April 7th 2020. Originally knee-deep in the production of a new solo, Dawn and her small team shuttered the studio and began working from home.

SMALL THINGS, Spring/Summer 2020, Paper, Mixed Medium

VESSEL #6 CHALK, SMALL THINGS, Spring/Summer 2020, Paper, Mixed Medium, 246 x 256 x 122 mm

With a limited supply of paints, inks, paper, tissue, glue and gypsum, she embarked on an elegant exploration of simple handmade vessels in the back room of her apartment.

As a young mother, Dawn could only work in slivers of time. A daily 5 AM start gave her the hours necessary for soaking paper and mixing pigments, whilst stretches of her daughter’s slumber afforded her the luxury of moulding and fine-tuning each piece with undivided attention.

VESSEL #13 SAGE, SMALL THINGS, Spring/Summer 2020, Paper, Mixed Medium, 340 x 257 x 70 mm

VESSEL #11 SAGE, SMALL THINGS, SPRING/SUMMER 2020, Paper Vessels, 244 x 244 x 111 mm

SMALL THINGS stands as modern day relics of our fragile times.

They cradle a desire to hold something soft yet concrete in one’s palms, and speak of our intrinsic capacity to make something beautiful out of whatever we have.

VESSEL #11 SAGE, SMALL THINGS, Spring/Summer 2020, Paper, Mixed Medium, 244 x 244 x 111 mm

SMALL THINGS, Spring/Summer 2020, Paper, Mixed Medium

VESSEL #1 PINK, SMALL THINGS, Spring/Summer 2020, Paper, Mixed Medium, 360 x 260 x 56 mm

Each vessel is a one of one, and bears hundreds of the artist’s fingerprints.

VESSEL #2 PINK, SMALL THINGS, Spring/Summer 2020, Paper, Mixed Medium, 215 x 215 x 110 mm

VESSEL #4 PINK, SMALL THINGS, Spring/Summer 2020, Paper, Mixed Medium, 235 x 235 x 38 mm

The works reflect Dawn’s keen sense of materiality and colour; as well as her attention to the rawness and irregularity of handmade objects, which she describes as human and vulnerable.

Top: VESSEL #15 SAND, SMALL THINGS, Spring/Summer 2020, Paper, Mixed Medium, 202 x 202 x 51 mm
Bottom: VESSEL #16 SAND, SMALL THINGS, Spring/Summer 2020, Paper, Mixed Medium, 296 x 214 x 65 mm