Pastiche

ARTIST STATEMENT

Referencing still-life paintings ranging from Dutch 17th century to more contemporary styles of the 21st century, Pastiche is a photographic work that imitates famous pieces of art that draws attention to inanimate objects albeit with one condition; the objects used in each painting must all be found in a particular value store operating in Singapore today.

The shops chosen include Daiso, Winner$ and Ta Zhiang, and they can be found in Orchard Road, to more heartland areas of Clementi and Marine Parade. As the items find their way into the living spaces of their consumers, they inevitably add to the peculiar look of modern homes. The products too have a distinctive style; a combination of the kitch, faux, and even the use of garish colours.

Put together, this work considers the process of shopping a key and integral part of the work, looking out for items that matches the selected painting’s form, colour or content. This is a Pastiche when art history meets the convenient and cheap style of 21st century living.

2wo - Livingware from Japan, after Goldfish2018Archival inkjet print140 х 98 cm
Henri MatisseGoldfish 1912Oil on canvas140 х 98 cm
Ta Zhiang, after Bananas, Guavas and Other Fruit2018Archival inkjet print91 × 91 cm
Albert EckhoutBananas, Guavas and Other Fruit17th centuryOil on canvas91 × 91 cm
DAISO Japan, after Still-Life with Bread and Confectionery2018Archival inkjet print21.7 x 17 cm
George FlegelStill-Life with Bread and Confectionery1630Oil on panel21.7 x 17 cm
Mijyi Your Dollar Up Mart, after Trompe l´oeil 17372018Archival inkjet print92 x 74.5 cm
Carl HofverbergTrompe l´oeil 17371737Oil on canvas92 x 74.5 cm
OFFER & SAVE Department Store, after Handsome Drinks2018Archival inkjet print61 x 50.8 cm
Marsden HartleyHandsome Drinks1916Oil on composition board61 x 50.8 cm
WINNER$, after Mound of Butter2018Archival inkjet print50.2 × 61 cm
Antoine VollonMound of Butter1875 – 1885Oil on canvas50.2 × 61 cm
SKP PTE LTD, after Head of Medusa2018Archival inkjet print68.5 × 118 cm
Peter Paul Rubens & Frans SnydersHead of Medusa1617 – 1618Oil on canvas68.5 × 118 cm
KIAT ANN TRADING, after Four Eggs on a Plate2018Archival inkjet print10.2 x 15.2 cm
Lucian FreudFour Eggs on a Plate2002Oil on canvas10.2 x 15.2 cm