Artist’s statement

Chong Fahcheong – Artist’s statement

My involvement in creative work pursuits, in particular, sculpture, is a state of mind. It is a consciousness, an acute awareness of my existence, made up of limitless variables and possibilities. It is a life process where “givens” are challenged, nature re-evaluated and life re-created.
As a sculptor, I see myself as the most independent individual in my environment, able to comment about any phenomena through what I depict, through allegory, metaphor, material, form and shape.
I do not need to be party to anyone or anything, nor to conventional structures or institutions.
I strive in my sculptures “to be”, realizing the “aim” of being myself, my longings, anxieties, joys and doubts, away from conditions, learned responses, habits or addictions.
I choose not so much to reflect life’s experiences as attempt to re-state them through a keener expression of my sensibilities and personal creation.

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Conservatory drama

In October 2018, the sculpture, Once A Tree II, was featured in a stage performance at the Yong Siew Toh Music Conservatory, NUS. The performance was a 25-minute opera by Claudio Monteverdi entitled Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda. The dancers and singers moved around the sculpture which is made up of many separate pieces. It worked beautifully for the performance as the pieces could be positioned and assembled on stage in whichever way the choreographer envisioned.

It was the first time that a Chong Fahcheong sculpture became part of a stage production. Commenting on the collaboration, Alan Bennett, Professor of Music at the Conservatory, said: “It really was a wonderful addition and allowed us to interact with the stage space so much better than we had even imagined.”

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