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Eunice Lim ,After Dark,  2015

Eunice Lim , 2015

Art Outreach, a not for profit art education organization, presents a series of paintings by  Singapore artist’s Eunice Lim’s in the lead up to the launch of its space at Gillman Barracks. Reflecting key ideas about colour and form, this exhibition titled semi – colon considers  how a deeper looking at art can offer many take-away moments for the viewer.

As children, we were taught never to judge a book by its cover. The artworks in the exhibition reflect this notion that if you choose to delve beyond the surface of a painting, you will be rewarded with life’s rich and fulfilling experiences. The complexity of life, though not necessarily complicated, is explored through many layers of images and text.

A large scale wall mural invites the viewer to explore concepts of past, present and future. Colour is used carefully to create multi-dimensional ways of reading the painting. Strong use of red, blues and greens are layered on the wall, against canvases showcasing abstract but familiar form. Moving through the spectrum of colours and forms, the viewer is taken of a journey of new perception and heighted emotion, travelling between snapshots of time and experiences.

Eunice Lim,Walk to the World, 2015, Watercolour, gouache and acrylic on linen, 182cm x 182 cm

Eunice Lim,Walk to the World, 2015, Watercolour, gouache and acrylic on linen, 182cm x 182 cm

Centrally placed in front of the mural, the imagery present in Walk To The World, showcasing distorted forms of a torso clad in blue jeans is reminiscent of the experience of sitting in a coffee shop, observing people rushing through their daily activities.  Rather than having the luxury of observing of a clear view of the world, this scenery is often interrupted by the strategic placement of advertisements splashed over glass doors and windows.

Eunice Lim, Frail Dainty Flight, 2015,Watercolour, gouache and acrylic on linen, 53 X 183cm

Eunice Lim, Frail Dainty Flight, 2015,Watercolour, gouache and acrylic on linen, 53 X 183cm

The painting Frail Dainty Flight features a flock of birds soaring across the canvas, their wings spread out against the wind. Closer inspect reveals a careful layering of text and images used to fill out the body of the bird. The characteristics of birds served as a point of inspiration; to go through all odds to achieve their goals, and reach their destination. There is a time to rest, a time to be on the ground, a time to take flight and a time to take shelter.

In life and in art, colliding and layering creates new possibilities and narratives. Experiences is not confined to a singular moment, but compiled from bits and pieces; deliberately or subconsciously, seen or heard. Titled semi – colon, the exhibition plays on the idea of punctuation; used in writing to link two closely related yet independent clauses.

Exhibition runs till 8 November 2015 at :

Art Outreach Visual Thinking Lab

Blk 47 Malan Road

#01-24, Gillman Barracks

Singapore 109444

Telephone: +65 6873 9505

Join Art Outreach in a hands-on workshop exploring the art of the narrative. Facilitated by Eunice Lim, this parent-child creative collaboration is suitable for family groups with children age 7-12. The workshop is scheduled on Saturday 31 October from 2 – 4pm. Participation is free but places are limited. For further information, please visit here

 

By Tiffany Wan

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