Raku glazes on Singapore clay
Fired at Guan Huat dragon kiln Singapore
by Twardzik Ching Chor Leng
Chor Leng began her study and exploration of ceramics in the early 1990’s. She soon began experimenting with raw unfired clays and soil while also practising traditional ceramics and glaze techniques. The two worlds of the traditional clay methods and of contemporary approaches to site specificity she often combines in both indoor conventional gallery spaces and in more natural settings outdoors. Her fascination with the clays and soils of her surroundings lies in how they are emblematic of the place where they are found, each unique to a small area of this ‘blue dot’ in the vast cosmos and each with its own unique identifying qualities.
Twardzik Ching Chor Leng’s artworks address her ongoing investigation of the dynamics of art and public space. In the interactive works viewers take on the role of the artist as they arrange and rearrange, transforming the formal qualities in the artwork each time an object is moved. In her earthworks the precise and interruptive appearance of voids in the otherwise well groomed cityspace jars the passerby into awareness of the world beneath the veneer of the city. In the context of the public space the artworks become on-site studies of social behavior, attitudes towards property, and of the possibilities for positive interaction among community members. By using the language of contemporary architecture, such as, stainless steel, plywood, acrylic glass and the excavation and transplantation of earth, the boundaries regarding personal behavior in public spaces become camouflaged. In adapting the artwork to the specific qualities of spaces and the people who inhabit them, the viewer is involved in a unique type of interaction that underscores the theory that art can exist anywhere.
“Three Bowls” is available for private and public collection. All funds from the sale of the said artwork, net of Paypal and other necessary service, administrative and delivery charges, shall be donated by the artists to Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation – Ipoh Centre. Delivery within Singapore only. This is in support of full inclusion.