Peranakan & The SING City’: Digital Preservation of a Vibrant Heritage
Singapore, 28 March 2014 – Immerse in the richness of Peranakan culture with the latest exhibition of art pieces at Pan Pacific Singapore’s Public Art Space. From 4 April to 4 July, ‘Peranakan & The SING City’ will feature the unique artwork of Mr. Robert Teo, a prolific visual artist who is passionate about preserving his culture through digital mixed-media painting on canvas.
He says, “I have always been fascinated by the Peranakan culture due to the influence of my mother and wife. I created these pieces to capture the distinct and vibrant Peranakan culture on a digital platform to rekindle public interest and attract them to engage in this unique heritage. I use new and mixed mediums to create my artwork so as to connect with the audience and interest them in the beautiful and multi-layered Baba culture”.
Through the three-month long exhibition, Teo hopes to reflect the rich Peranakan heritage in a manner that is relevant to the present. The synthesis of digital media will also appeal to a younger audience and aid in their appreciation of this interesting culture. Each intricate piece tells a story inspired by the diverse heritage and reflects the heartwarming influence that his mother and wife has on his artwork. ‘Peranakan & The SING City’ will also bring visitors on an experiential journey of the Peranakan culture and witness the elements that define this unique heritage.
The exhibition allows visitors to embrace the delicate details of the Peranakan culture as Teo combines the social fabric of traditional Peranakan culture with his personal experiences and memories to tell a unique story. Hybrid seamlessly combines influences from the very cultures that shape Peranakan history. Inspired by Chinese, Malay and European elements, Teo has created a colourful combination of floral and animal symbols reflecting the nature of Peranakan heritage.
Another piece that Teo holds close to his heart is Diminishing. Similar to how Peranakan matriarchs hand sew the iconic beaded slippers bead by bead, Teo has woven his story pixel by pixel on the digital mixed-media format. The end product is a beautiful and intriguing piece that tells the artist’s story through every inch of the artwork. It also serves as a poignant reminder for audience to preserve the rich culture that is fast fading in today’s modern society.
Visitors are welcome to experience this colourful exhibition and relive the stories that Teo tells through his artwork. Besides Hybrid and Diminishing, other exhibited pieces will also tell an emotionally stirring story of Teo’s experience with the vibrant Peranakan heritage. ‘Peranakan & The SING City’ will be available from 4 April to 4 July. Located at Level 2 at Public Art Space, the complimentary art exhibition is open throughout the day. 50 per cent of the sales proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to Agape Village Building Project.
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