“The air had reeked of sulphur,
Memories have a way of sleeping in our soft minds, entangled between loose fibers of the past. Existing across time, these unconscious possessions are lost in space. When we try to recall instances, what we recover, are only but sediments of perception and experiences, bordering on the fringes of our slippery minds.
The exhibition Sulphuric Memory, explores the concept of memory in relation to nature and time; questioning if memory and memory images can be perceived as places that we can return to. In the process, Pang recalls the encounter of Kawah Putih, a sulphur-laden crater lake in Bandung, Indonesia, that she had visited in July 2017. She alludes to the connection between geological erosions and the instabilities of memory.
The sensorial experiences of colour, smell and elements are evoked in the exhibition consisting of recent paintings, drawings and an installation. Addressing the transient and formless nature of memory, Pang paints between states of dryness and wetness, combining and working with the poetics and materiality of water, ink and acrylic on cloth and paper.
In this mix, spontaneous stains, abrupt marks and fragmented forms are spewed across the surface, conjuring alternating moments of movements and pauses, gaps and endings. As memory functions in the domain between to remember and to forget, Pang’s paintings also suggest language’s role in memory, by evoking signs and letterforms that function as bold structures and coordinates to navigate across time.
For we are always in a constant search for being,
a reach beyond our senses, into the dormant depths of memory.
Opening Reception : 8/3/18 from 7pm onwards
Exhibition : 9/3/18 – 24/3/18 (11am – 7pm, close on Mondays)
Joanne Pang (b. 1986) is an artist and design lecturer at Lasalle College of the Arts. She graduated with a Bachelor degree in Visual Communication at The School of Arts, Design and Media in Nanyang Technological University in 2009 and worked as a designer for a few years before pursuing a Masters of Fine Art at The Royal Danish Art Academy, Charlottenburg sculpture department, in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 2011-2013.
In 2012, she won Singapore Young Photography Award, Overall Winner for Body-theme Category. and publication Gold and Bronze award at the Singapore Design Award.
From 2012-2016, she worked intensively under Yunrubin, an art collective based in Copenhagen,with a focus on materiality and structure; creating many site-specific installations across Europe in Amsterdam, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Berlin, London, Netherlands, Russia, United King-dom and Singapore.
In 2016, she returned to Singapore, and became interested in the relation between memory and consciousness. She started to paint
This is her second solo exhibition in Singapore.