THEORY OF EVERYTHING
THEORY OF EVERYTHING is a body of work housed in two Michelin star restaurant Odette, within the National Gallery Singapore. The ethereal mobile and paper collages strung throughout the space are inspired by Chef Julien Royer’s approach to his cuisine. The abstract forms explore the visual beauty of raw ingredients found in Julien’s kitchen, broken down and re-imagined into a surreal universe of shapes and forms that float and settle, drift and pirouette. Through the artist’s creative direction, this work holistically shapes Odette’s brand and experiential design, down to the restaurant’s logo, collateral, serve ware and florals.
‘There is an aerial sense of musicality in what Julien is doing in his kitchen and what happens between diners and service staff in the restaurant. All these hundreds of pieces coming together in an orchestra of motion. I wanted to translate that perennial dance into the artwork and explore materials with a range of textures and weights.’
– Dawn Ng
” This aerial installation is a part of ‘A Theory of Everything’, a collage collection of imagery created by artist Dawn Ng, who also oversaw the creative direction of the restaurant. Ng had spent months studying Royer at work in his kitchen, photographing ingredients like scallops, amadei, pigeon and black truffle. She had then magnified the photos, and ‘deconstructed’ them into abstractions that highlight the textures, colours, and beauty of the ingredients. For the installation, the imagery is transferred onto materials like oak, polyfoam, brass and paper, shaped and folded into sculpture, then balanced as a surreal sea of abstract, floating shapes swept into flight. ”
– Design and Architecture