Monthly Archives: July 2010


Title: Flower Batik

Medium: Batik Cloth, Inks, Wax

Size: 38.5cm x 39.0cm

We did batik twice last year in nafa class. This was the second assignment.

Goodness. The purple flower (top left) is the worst. I think the background (stripes and dots and whathaveyou) for each flower is kinda lame cause I was running out of time and it ended up like that ):

The sunflower was the last flower I did in this piece, and also my favourite.

We do learn from past experiences, and for this particular flower, I FINALLY played around with the layers, creating more complicated layers. It’s more colourful than the rest. The red chrysanthemum above it is my second favourite (and also the second last flower I did). I liked the details too.

Well that’s about it. Don’t really have much to say.

-Edit- (21/09/10)

This is the painting that the Batik was supposed to be based on. It’s incomplete because it was done around the EOY period, I think. And I usually end up skipping a class during that period.

Title: Flowers

Medium: Acrylic

Size: 38.5cm x 39.0cm


“I’ve got soul but I’m not a soldier”

Title: I’ve got Soul but I’m Not a Soldier

Another Photoshop assignment. Done earlier this year before June.

I liked the water splash texture, as well as the colour gradient. Words are lyrics taken from All These Things That I’ve Done by The Killers.

the making of an Idea.

This was one of the assignments done in nafa last term for the Photoshop lessons. It was somewhat free topic, I think, and since I could not think of anything nice to do, I decided to make use of it to do some coursework prep work.

So basically this was one of my initial ideas after the whole do-a-painting/cross-stitch thing when I finally ventured into the idea of doing an installation.

I had wanted to make a large, large white box, with an open doorway at the side of the front. Large bubbles with head busts inside, along with a couple of tinier empty bubbles would be hanging inside.  The inside walls of this box would be painted with underwater textures, like when you are in a swimming pool. Gurgled mumblings and underwater sounds would be softly playing in the tiny room. On the whole, it’s meant to be somewhat surreal and calming.

This stemmed from the idea of having miscommunication and not being able to understand other people when talking underwater. The heads represented the elderly. The entire feel of this room would be to give the viewer of being underwater, and attempts of people trying to talk underwater. (You can’t understand what people are saying underwater, hence the idea of miscommunication.)

Call me a romantic. Sigh. I had imagined that the installation would be in a corner of one of those large, clean, quiet, air-conditioned (not blindingly) white rooms sans NAFA exhibition rooms, where the viewer would be given the time and conducive environment to appreciate works. (It honestly is embarrassing to actually type this out here. Sense tells me that I am never going to get large air-conditioned rooms in school to exhibit my work. Now that I think of it, the SAC. the SAC is actually a place I might be able to work… HMMM. Nah it’s kinda late to changed ideas now.. But just a thought. Okgetgoingwithmonologuenow!)

But still, given that I was still in the stage whereby I’m still churning all sorts of ideas, this idea still stuck in my mind. So fine, scrape the air-conditioning, and the LARGE room. Maybe I could make one myself. But past observations (i.e. the Senior Who Made the Black Box) told me that I would take years to make a large box and leave me insufficient time to make the contents inside.


I removed my box, and TADA!

I have the basis of my current work-in-progress.

So now my bubbles are floating in air. Hence inside of making the bubbles at eye-level, I plan to make the bubbles slowly lift up into the air, like they’re floating away. It emphasises the growing distance between grandchild and grandparent and how the younger generation is sometimes unable to understand the older generations, how we eventually drift apart.


On a side note:

An ironic (contradicting?) thing is that my coursework is talking about the gaps between grandchild and grandparent, yet because of this very coursework, I work and interact more with my grandfather, gradually closing that very gap between grandparent and grandchild.


It was really fun.

Title: Fruit Platter

Medium: Fruits, Almond Jelly, Jellybeans, Toothpicks

Size: The size of a hami melon.

This is the best assignment I’ve ever been assigned to do.

The above is (was) our final product. The train decided to leave the man and migrate to his Other Half (the melon).

I don’t like almond jelly but turns out it didn’t taste that bad.

I liked the venue, with the mats and background music (yes bg music. trust mr c to do that.) It was was a rather laid-back affair. And it was also quite interesting to see what the other groups came up with. I liked the brownie version of the Montien Boonma’s Temple of the Mind (Linsha, Shufang, Yi Jun).

We did it (as in prepared the food) on Tuesday at Jac’s house, along with Keer and Jezamine, ate fruit, ate (LOTS OF) soba (they bought 6 packs) and i think their dish was really pretty. I dont have a clear photo of it, though. SAD RIGHT. and there will never be another same one again cause it’s all in our stomachs (WE SPENT 2 HOURS EATING IN MID-AFTERNOON. like. 3pm-5pm? Awesome.)

My blog is becoming not very formal. Oh dear.

Amongst other random things

This is an art-related rambling. If you are Mr Chang/Ms Yap who’s gonna mark the e-portfolio, please skip this post. 😀 Thank you.

Freshly Pressed!

has been proven to be a source for many… … things. In a good way. (  I am not good with words. Inspirations? Screw this intro. Bah. )

Haha. In fact so far most of my R and R articles come from WordPress’ homepage.

But anyway,

I came across this post.

Which I believe is what most of us should be doing. At least for coursework. At least well, for me.

(-point arrows point-)

So stop trying to hit (the jackpot idea) and HIT IT.

Which means that I should hurry and grab hold of my grandfather’s head to cast it soon before he goes to Malaysia again! Like he says, “我的头又不在你怎么做。”


and then i saw this.

Ok, so that large drippy hill of colourful clothes caught my eye. Sorry, I just had to share that Large Drippy Hill of  Colourful Clothes.

Nvm. Look at this:

Sometimes, I feel like we’re like in 1: 55- 2:30.

Esp 2:30.

Lastly, we also have the Old Spice Man.




Food Assignment Proposal

Dish: Fruit Platter


Artist: Rene Margritte

Artistic Link:

Our designed food aims to bring together elements in four of Rene Magritte’s paintings, which are Son of Man (1964), Time Transfixed (1938), Golconda (1953) and Personal Values (1952).

The honeydew would resemble the face of the painting in “Son of Man”, done by Rene Magritte. In the middle of the honeydew, the blue and white jelly mix would represent the background in the painting “Personal Value of Rene Magritte”. This inverse relation (where the background becomes the centre piece in the food) is also reflecting Rene Magritte’s idea of inversing and putting strange things together.

The grapes stuck onto toothpicks is to represent the many men in the sky in the painting “Golconda”. The thick cubes of chocolate forming a train is to resemble the train in his painting, “Time Transfixed”, where the train is seen to come out of the wall.

Our entire composition of the food is basically a mash-up of Magritte’s famous paintings, in order to convey the message of unconventionality and surrealism

Artist Influences:
Basically our food item will be influenced by the artist’s various paintings, namely:

Son of Man, 1964

Time Transfixed, 1938

Golconda, 1953

Personal Values, 1952

– 1 honeydew
– blue and white jelly
– green apple
– jellybeans
– chocolate
– cubes of fruit

1. Cut a large honeydew in half. On that half, draw the outline of a man wearing a bowler hat. (reference of Son of Man).

2. Using a spoon, dig out the flesh of the honeydew within the outline we drew. About 4 cm deep. We now have a honeydew with a hole in it shaped like a man’s head and hat.

3. Fill up to approximately 3.5cm depth of the cut-out depression with some sky blue jelly mix. Before blue jelly hardens, pour some white jelly mix to form swirls (using toothpicks to swirl them around), to draw clouds. (This background is based on Personal Values.)

4. Using a satay stick, spear half the apple and stick it into the jelly. It shall resemble Son of Man from bird’s eye view.

5. Spear jellybeans with toothpicks. Poke these ‘men’ right under the umbrella, around them, etc. Melt chocolate chips and stick them on top of the jellybeans. They shall resemble the men in Golconda. Face not necessary. This men shall look like they are having a picnic! we can make a tiny red and white picnic cloth too 😀

6. Using thick cubes of fruits, build a train (reference to Time Transfixed). Assemble the fruits to form the carriages and the engine! Train goes on top the honey dew, along the circumference of the fruit.

7. Drizzle melted chocolate to draw train tracks.