The Siaw-Tao Chinese Seal Carving, Calligraphy and Painting Society is proud to present Carving Possibilities: An Exhibition by the Siaw-Tao Seal Carvers, the first major seal exhibition that aims to take stock of the artform’s practice in Singapore. Curated by writer Michelle Lim, Carving Possibilities will feature more than 300 seals carved over the last year by around 30 members of the society.
Probably one of the first Chinese artforms to take root in Singapore, seal carving has always been peripheral to our art historical narrative and, while still admired and widely used, struggled to establish itself as a valid and independent discipline. As practitioners, we have found that our seals have gone beyond being subsidiary to the artform’s development in China and that something amounting to a Singaporean seal practice has emerged. By taking the prompt “what are the possibilities of seal carving” provided by curator Michelle Lim, the seals in this exhibition attempts to take stock of our development and trajectory as a community of practice and take a deep dive into what it means to carve ancient and archaic characters in the cultural context of modern Singapore.
Venue: de Suantio Gallery, Level 1 School of Economics, Singapore Management University, 90 Stamford Road
When: 23 Sep - 1 Oct 2023,