SEPTUM is an immersive visual-theatre experience consisting of seven poems, presented by Yeo Shih Yun (painter), Euginia Tan (poet), Tan Weiying (director-performer) and Ng Yuan Ci (musician-performer).
In Latin, SEPTUM means Seven, which represents the series of seven new paintings and poems. In the dictionary, the term Septum means a partition separating two chambers, such as that between the nostrils or the chambers of the heart. Through this exhibition, we would like to pierce the Septum of art-making, breaking down conceived separations between art forms, to create an anchor which is the final immersive installation.
At the initial painting stage, Shih Yun has created seven abstract paintings using linen, measuring 158 cm x 112cm. The surface of the linen is gessoed and sanded in between layers to create a surface that is paper-like. The paints that are chosen for this series are high in pigments and very matt. Against the prepared linen surfaces, these paints behave like watercolour traces, with various nuances and marks captured.
The rule for her series was to use only sponges for the paintings. The creation process involved pouring of paints on the surface and moving the paints with the sponges of different sizes to create spaces and depths. After the paintings were completed, Shih Yun invited Euginia to come down to the studio to react to the paintings. Euginia created seven abstract text poems using the titles of different water bodies to describe each painting. Afterwards, Tai Weiying was invited to react to the paintings and poems, Tan Weiying will direct and perform while Ng Yuan Ci will play flute and perform as well with the piece titled,” Mythos”.
SEPTUM will also be archived and documented in limited editioned publication featuring the paintings and poems.
SEPTUM Artist & collaborator’s talk: 26 April 2023 7-8pm
SEPTUM Performance dates:
21 & 28 April Friday 730-8pm
22 & 29 April Saturday 4-430pm
Venue: Supper House, 222 Tagore Ln, Unit 04-03, Singapore 787603
When: 21 - 30 Apr 2023, 2pm - 8pm, Closed on Mon & Tues