On Mar 10, an art exhibition by award-winning local artist Donna Ong, will be held at the NUS Museum. Entitled “Five Trees and A Forest” the exhibition will feature her best known work inspired from evocative and thought-provoking art installations made from furniture, found objects and original artwork.
Hosted through an intimate dialogue, the exhibition will offer an insight into the various stages involved in the production of tropical landscapes for visual and pedagogical consumption through a dialogue withh Donna Ong. She refers to the “tropics” through an interpretative synthesis of scientific journals, travelogues and illustrations initiated by the colonial voyages from the 18th to 20th century.
In Five Trees Make a Forest, the lithographic reproductions on display are from the artist’s personal collection of antique prints and photographic images of the tropics, acquired from her travels abroad. Within the discourse on tropical landscapes, these works expand the field of the continuing projection of the colonial view with Ong’s dialogue on the Charles Dyce collection. The collection bears 35 watercolour paintings and a 22-page handwritten manuscript that illustrates Dyce’s voyage and residence in Singapore, Malacca, Penang and Batavia in the mid-19th century English settlement.
Gracing the exhibition will be Professor Jonathan Rigg, Director of the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore. The exhibition convenes the different modes of colonial representation in abstracting the lived tropical landscape – from its imaginings to the relations of the spectator-artist as an active agent in it.
About the artist
Donna Ong is an installation artist from Singapore, best known for her evocative and thought-provoking environments made from furniture, found objects and original artwork. She has exhibited her works locally and internationally. In 2009, Donna received the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award and the People’s Choice award for the President’s Young Talent Competition.
The exhibition opening will run on 10 Mar, 7 to 8.30PM at the NUS Museum, located at 50 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119279. Sign up for tickets here.