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Following on from last week’s in-the-dark art exhibition, BLACKOUT, here’s a bit more of an in depth look at one of the works on show.
Dawn Ng’s I fly like paper I get high like planes was an installation of thousands of paper planes rushing through a single window and exploding into the exhibition space to physically engulf the viewer.
Dawn about her work: “Having spent eight years away, this work is core to my ongoing study of “home.” Throughout my life I have found the seductive longing to leave and return home, both tsunamis of longing so great that they can overwhelm and paralyze my entire being. I chose to use paper planes because they are symbolic of travel and the universal desire to be where you are not. The idea of this work is to recreate this powerful emotion for the viewer which swallows him or her whole. This was my first time working with limited, basic materials such as paper, cardboard, cables and nylon string.”
This piece of art is vastly different from Dawn’s previous work which was a retrospective collage series of home called Singapore Cuts in which she played with photographs, paper, ink and acrylic on canvas. “As an artist, I refuse to be constrained by any one thought, medium, or expression in my work as I want to stand for an idea that constantly reinvents itself.”
Dawn Ng is an only-child prototype who has acquired rather marvelous skills in drawing, cutting, stealing and making things at UCL Slade School of Fine Art and Georgetown University. Dawn spent her last 8 years from London to NY, and worked at creative shops BBH and Ogilvy as a planner of mass manipulation. She clinched first prize for her New Yorker doodles, “The Great Hijack,” at the BBH NY art show. This year she exhibited a collage series, “Singapore Cuts,” at KIN, alongside a light-box installation, “The Hand Job,” at Loof.