The Room Within
“I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.” – Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space
With The Poetics of Space as a point of departure, the installation looks at the significance of objects in people’s homes, and by extension, explores the occurrences within the walls of the physical home. The work is about our human response to our immediate environment: about what gets seamlessly absorbed into our everyday routines, and what we subconsciously neglect. The objects we possess have a variety of qualities: they are functional, sentimental, or both. What can we not bear to part with? What has come to represent us as people? What, at the end of a long day, do we come home to?
Our homes, in turn, conjure up different images in our minds. They are a place of refuge, of solace, and of joy. They are also, at times, places of fear, and of entrapment, and of heaviness. They have undoubtedly played a part in shaping who we are.
Through objects and their stories, the installation maps the various narratives that exist in Queenstown, from elderly Tanglin Halt residents to young people reaching the brink of adulthood.
The second part of the This is Home initiative is a series of multimedia mapping experiments presented by seven artists working in collaboration with Queenstown residents. The works explore the meaning of home through maps and mapping processes.
The exhibition will move to Queenstown proper in March, which will provide more opportunities for interaction with the neighbourhood’s residents.
A big thank you to Genine and Jan of MATT3R, My Queenstown, and friends who helped me with set-up and/or took precious time off their schedules to attend the exhibition. I am so grateful for you.