Happening on 3 May 2023! I’ll be having an artist talk with my fellow residency artists Marie-Soleil Choquette, Lucie Jestrabikova and Samuel Beilby.
Small Talk (till 11 Jan)
Some exhibition photos 🙂
Performance by Eve Tan & Yen Phang
All Ready for 6 Jan
The Corpo-reality of Oil Paint
It’s done! I’ve made the thesis that I wrote at the Royal College of Art into a book! I’ve always wanted to try making a book out of paint because well, the thesis is called “The Corpo-reality of Oil Paint.”
It’s been a month since I’m back from my year-long studies at the Royal College of Art. After a month of trying things out – testing different paper weights that will give a nice hand feel with the soft cover, making a PDF that won’t cause the printer to shake her head at me, emailing and dropping by bookbinders and getting “whaaat is this that you’re trying to do??” responses from some and helpful advice from others, I finally tied that knot on the last stitch on the binding! These two books were made for two very special friends and dearly respected teachers who have been with me on my journey for more than a decade now.
Several failed attempts and mocks ups later (booklets when folded became larger than what I calculated, accidentally piercing holes that I wasn’t supposed to pierce with my needle when binding etc), the final form finally took shape. Originally I conceptualised something quite different, but upon making, did not quite work out as planned. So here it is, a saddle stitched book with nothing on the covers to showcase the materiality of the paint that it is made of.
Royal College of Art MRes Exhibition & Symposium
A year flies by so quickly. I’ve submitted my thesis, finished my viva examinations and here are the installation and private view photos of my graduation show:
The weight of the paint is > 9.5kg! My classmate Lauren helped to hold up the box so I could better control where the paint is going.
Lauren installing her own paintings.
Harri moving her sculptures into the gallery.
Over at the other gallery, Fuen is painting on the wall.
Feliciè and her installation.
After the paint is poured, it needs to be sculpted.
Visitors to the private view:
Touchy touchy touch…
Yum yum yumz…
I was part of the panel of 6 for the first symposium, “Knowledge Production Through Practice – Deconstruction as Method”. The second was, “Imagining Alternative Futures – Speculative Design to Rethink Existing Structures”.
Happy graduation everyone!
Pass-the-Parcel @ StudioRCA
Spring term at RCA concluded with a group show at StudioRCA with my MRes coursemates. We called our group exhibition, “Pass-the-Parcel” and we just had our opening on 26 April. As you can see from the poster (designed by yours truly!), it’s jam packed with para-activities all the way to the last day:We started installing from 23 April.
This is Lauren Iredale hanging her double-sided paintings:Harri Hudspith installing her sculpture:Fuen Chin helping Félicie Kertudo to sew her curtains:Fuen again – discussing with Joel Chan how to hang the multimedia component in her work. Joel, an ex-RCA graduate himself from MA Sculpture, helped us out with the installation:Walls needed a coat of paint, and this was done by me:Joel adjusting the projector to show Harri and Laura Sullivan’s collaborative work, Embody:Xiaoyi Nie, our curatorial contributor, checking out Félicie’s work:Joel again, using a spirit level to check my shelves:And this is how my 5 paint objects look like installed!Joel checking the spirit level again for my work installed on another wall:How it looks like installed:Posters are stuck:Harri’s seminar, The Way of Perfection, was the first event that took place in the space on 26 April:Guests started streaming in at 6pm, when our exhibition officially opens:
Our tutor, Kimathi Donkor, participating in Laura’s interactive work, Rubbings, rubbing out her drawing with the erasers and gloves provided:At 7pm, Allan Struthers started his performance, What Are You Arguing About Now? Relational Aesthetics:I felt like I was filming a sitcom with everybody watching:In the end we named the piece, “Is there anybody up there” and signed our names on the back of the card:Laura carried out her workshop, Playing the Field, soon after:And that pretty much sums up our opening! Pass-the-Parcel is on till 29 April if you’d like to stop by!
Pancakes at Gibberd Gallery
The mobile kitchen that Finn Thomson helped to build during AcrossRCA Week (details can be read at https://panhuiting.wordpress.com/2017/11/05/297/) had its second lease of life at Gibberd Gallery. This time it was used to dish out pancakes to visitors at his solo show, “If It Starts To Fall Move Out The Way,” on till 22 December 2017.They look monstrous but are actually really hearty and yummy!
AcrossRCA Week – Edible Communities
So I’m into my third month in London at the Royal College of Art (RCA). It’s been great fun living in a new city, meeting people from all over the world, and continuing my practice with food. Thought that I’d take some time to type up some of the things that I’ve been up to and share them here.
Last week was AcrossRCA week and as the name suggests, it is a week where we get a chance to collaborate with people from different disciplines across the college on a project. The project that I’m involved in is called “Edible Communities”, and what we’re trying to do is to foster a community through – you guessed it – food! The title picture is how our mobile kitchen looked like, which we built from scrap material scavenged throughout the college ^-^
On the first day, we had breakfast together and a potluck lunch (my kind of bonding session ;p) and drew up plans for how we wanted out mobile kitchen to look.
Waffles cooking for breakfast!
Tada! Our potluck lunch – everyone made something (I made the dumplings with the help of my Singaporean friends at Lee Abbey ^-^).
Day 2 – We had Finn from MA Sculpture a couple of years back to help with some serious building. Yay!
On Day 3, we visited Duchess Farms (http://www.duchessoil.co.uk/) and learnt a lot about sustainable farming practices from Oscar, which I won’t repeat here. I’m not a farmer, but I was very inspired to do my part as a consumer to make better choices…
Taking the overground to Duchess Farms at Hertfordshire…
On Oscar’s wagon!
This barn is 200 years old, and it’s a really good painting studio as you can see in the background ^-^
Max feeding vegetable scraps to the Dexters on the farm.
Oscar and his rapeseed crop – and Cam ^-^
That is John Lennon’s house in the backgound 🙂
On Thursday, we put finishing touches to the mobile kitchen, bought groceries… and we’re ready for our opening on Friday!
Our mobile kitchen collapses into this handy little thing ^-^ The legs become trolley handles and Xiao Mo here is trying it out.
We tried to use quality organic ingredients…
We made our pasta from a scratch, dyeing it pink with beetroot juice, and blue with purple cabbage 🙂
Our noodles ready made, and our vegetables neatly chopped for the opening at 5.30pm!
Guests can snip off bits of ingredients from this hanging rack as toppings for their noodles.
Our guests are here!
We also made vegetable dumplings out of pasta skin! Our noodles are meat-free 🙂
That concludes our project! I hope we can take our mobile kitchen more places ^-^ And this is the most complete photo I can find of all the people in our wonderful group:
Clockwise around the table from left: Sara Ozvaldic, Smriti Prasad (from whom I stole some of the photos on this blog post), Ni Wangxia (from whom I stole the photo of the dumplings :D), Wang Keren, Joseph Gabriel, Ryo Tada (who took the photo of the pasta making process), Nora Silva, Ines Neto dos Santos, Kathleen Reilly, Henriette Holz, and last of all, yours truly ;p
I’d like to conclude with this picture of us walking around the farm with our blue shoes (photo by Ines) 😀
On Labour Day…
Happy Labour Day! Taking this day to photograph my new series of paintings. Working quietly on the next exhibition…
A big thank you to everyone who came to the opening of my solo exhibition today! Download catalogue here.