Visual Artist Aida – aka Yellow Mushmellow – and architectural graduate Frederick Low have collaborated on a self-published art book titled The Never-Ending Search for the Edge of the Universe. The book, launching on 17 March, is a collection of comic-style illustrations, accompanied by poetic musings about the Universe.
“The book follows a spaceman’s adventures on a never-ending search. It uses fantastical imagery inspired by the ‘experiences of the Universe’ to articulate introspective and very personal themes such as the complexities of human emotion (“very much like the incomprehensible nature of space, the heart travels to places the mind cannot fathom”). As the spaceman navigates his way through the vast expanse of the Universe, coming to terms with its twists and bumps or even grappling with the possible futility of his explorations, the audience is also brought on his own journey of self-discovery, making his experience with the book a personal, or even cathartic, one.”
For Aida, the decision to embark on this project follows the questions and the infinite “what’s-next?-ness” that she and Frederick were confronted with while dealing with a tragic experience. “As an artist, a lot of my ideas draw from everyday encounters — whether unfortunate, delightful or even mundane — and the drawings in the book are expressions that stem from a desperate attempt at making sense of the workings of the Universe, forces way beyond our mind’s grasp. I’ve always believed that art and poetry are a dreamer’s coping mechanism for the perplexing realities of life, and I hope that its universality and human-ness can be appreciated in a society like Singapore that prides itself on pragmatism.”
The book launches the week of 17 March 2017 online and in selected bookstores.