Unladen yourself of worldly worries and burdensome secrets when you dine with art at SPRMKT (2 McCallum Street). From 13 October to 31 November, the café is hosting Secret Ingredient – a solo exhibition by Nicola Anthony.
Nicola uses incense, rice paper, ink and other materials within layered embroidery hoops to create her work. Secret Ingredient comprises two series of work– the Atlas Series and the Constellation Series. The artist has also created an art installation that morphs the glass windows into a giant writing pad. This writing pad features the “written secrets” submitted by patrons and visitors to the exhibition into a giant confession box. The installation, containing all public confessions, spans the entirety of the glass window.
“The main idea of this project is to invite the public to participate in a public catharsis. More often than not, carrying the weight of a secret alone, can be burdensome,” says Nicola. “This simple call for words reveals that whether people write something mundane, sad or happy, there is always a beauty in discovering these hidden parts of people, and perhaps noticing a kinship. This time I challenged the public to go further and submit confessions which they may never have uttered before”.
“We have had 15 art exhibitions to date and this month,” adds Quek Sue Shan, owner of SPRMKT. “And we chose to work with Nicola as we had amazing synergy for ideas of the exhibition.”
Situated at the bustling area of Raffles Place, SPRMKT’s small, 16-table capacity provides an intimate setting for resident chef Joseph’s daily curated menu. A menu that includes blackened fish & chips, sous-vide egg with crackling pork belly burger and many more instagram-worthy fare. Admission to Secret Ingredient is free and more details can be found here.