by Lim Shing Ee (Curated by Tay Swee Lin)
Twelve large bright red helium balloons, each being held by a faceless brown figure sitting on an equally mundane and ordinary looking brown boulder, bespeak Lim Shing Ee’s dilemma as a female Singapore artist living in Japan with her Japanese husband and two young sons. Struggling to balance the choices concerning her identity, loyalty, nationality and sense of belonging, the work is a metaphor for the conflicting forces that confront her which are often beyond her control.
Lim's artistic practice explores mental processes of encoding and decoding fragments collected from simple everyday encounters, finding familiarity in the unfamiliar, and redefining identities through associations. Her installation works, paintings and drawings that celebrate simple objects and forms with familiar yet abstract compositions, have been referred to as the “mental maps of the mundane” - works that are deceptively familiar and simple, yet bizarrely seductive.
A Dozen of Those aptly describe the sense of displacement and dislocation that all those who uproot themselves from their familiar environments must feel.