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