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Potret Sayang

Exhibiting Artists: Hong Sek Chern

Venue: Utterly Art 208 South Bridge > venue details

Dates: 07 May 2003 - 13 May 2003

The greatest tribute an artist might pay to his or her family would be to create art about and inspired by them. Multi-award-winning, Sao Paulo Biennale participant and President’s Young Talent Hong Sek Chern has performed this on an unprecedented scale for Singaporean art. In portraits up to 8 feet high, she has committed images of her family to paper. Divided into smaller sections, mostly 30 x 30 cm in size, each portrait will be assembled on the walls of Utterly Art Exhibition Space for the show. Although conceptualized by her, Sek Chern has commissioned other art students to do the actual penstrokes for much of the work, introducing the element of unfamiliarity and dispassionate interpretation of smaller fragmented photocopied images of her family members. The result is a curious juxtaposition of the impersonal and the beloved. In a complementary fashion, Sek Chern herself contributes one work in her own hand: a portrait of a stranger to her from a charity brochure – in stickers. This unusual combination of scale, medium and subject creates for an oddly moving visual arts spectacle about a Singaporean family which should not be missed.


  • Hong Sek Chern


    Hong Sek Chern (b.1967) graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts with a Diploma in Fine Art (1995) and from Goldsmiths College, University of London with an MA Fine Art (1998). She likes to work with flat surfaces and uses linear, non-linear or multi-point perspective in her work. Sek Chern’s interpretation of the Singapore urban landscape in Chinese ink has won her several awards in Singapore. Her works belong in the collections of the Singapore Art Museum, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Nati

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