Everything You Ever Wanted Is Right Here. 2012
Today we speak to Dawn Ng to find out what she thinks and her new work which has never failed to be imaginative and playful.
Yanda: What do you do first when you get up in the morning?
Dawn: Brush my teeth.
What daily routines you cannot do without?
Funny enough, none.
What’s your definition of happiness?
What are the things that keep you sane?
I actively avoid them. I think the things that make you sane have a way of making you dull.
How do you deal with expectation and hope then?
Whose – mine or other people’s? I’m completely devoted to the former and to be honest I can’t care less about the latter.
How has knowing to appreciate art and design affect the way you live?
It makes me a keen observer.
How has working for others and yourself shaped you so far?
Working for others trains me to listen, working for myself trains me to shut it all off.
Do you think working without restrictions or working for yourself can be the hardest thing to do?
It takes discipline.
Your work has shown a different medium each time. How do you keep educating yourself?
By being relentlessly curious.
Any heroes? What do you admire about them?
They are all mad-hatters. I love madness in people. It is the only true liberating and empowering force in this world.
No No Gum. 2010
How do you set your benchmarks?
I don’t. Maybe it’s a bad thing but maybe it’s good thing too. At the end of the day, I’m just doing my own thing.
Can taste be taught or nurtured?
Yes but it takes time.
What about hunger?
You are either hungry or you are not.
Have you ever shown your work to your parents? Do they understand what you are actually doing?
Yes. I think they do today. My father and I are complete opposites. He is serious and pragmatic. A self-made, successful engineer. I respect where he is coming from and I think he values where I take my imagination to. Ultimately, it’s not what you do, it’s how much weight and focus you put behind it. I think it’s our ability to recognize that trait in each other, which makes putting a massive rabbit illegally all over Singapore not so much an issue, but you have to ask him yourself.
Thirty One Kinds of Wonderful. 2011 (Zine images by http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/things-47)
Lastly what websites do you surf?
You know what, I surf everything. There are lots of art, architecture, design, travel, music, epicurean, culture and even literature sites – like McSweeneys and the Paris Review. I am a huge fan of Wikipedia. There are days I even get lost in dictionary.com. I am obsessed with words.
Do check out Dawn Ng’s solo exhibition – Everything You Ever Wanted is Right here is a series of handcrafted photographic and typography-based collages of home. This work is a tongue-in-cheek visual documentary of present day Singapore, over a 4 month period of photo-journalism and interviews with locals. By slicing huge panels of words through large- scale photographs, these collages expose the cultural sentiments bubbling beneath one the world’s most highly case-studied cities, as it tells the ongoing story of a country in-the- making. The juxtaposition of image and text sets up a visual peek-a-boo, revealing hidden socio-commentaries on the tensions, idiosyncrasies, and hopes unique to Singapore. Dealing with everything from the poignant to irreverent, Everything You Ever Wanted Is Right Here is core to my obsession with the notion of home, identity and belonging, and my attempt to fossilize the ever-changing form of the latter.
Opens from 6 – 24 September 2012
Chan Hampe Galleries Raffles Hotel Arcade Unit #01-20/21
328 North Bridge Road Singapore 188719 +65 6338 1962
Open daily 11.00-19.00 Closed public holidays