(Re)Claim Singapore!

Danielle Tay

August 2013

New Old
Paper, wooden frames

Through the medium of collage and paper cut and utilizing the grid structure of the window as a framing device, this work seeks to capture in each display box, objects significant to Raffles Hotel; objects that tell a story, creating a narrative through fragments of past and present. These include details of the architecture, tile patterns, and interior features. Some scenes allude to Singapore's past, some are inspired by the stories and traditions of Raffles Hotel, such as peanut shells on the floor in the Long Bar or the tale of the tiger in the Billiard Room.

The idea of collection and display resonates very strongly in the work. By presenting the items as though treasures in a curio cabinet the work attempts to bring the objects to life in their own way and aims to highlight the beauty found in the details of Raffles Hotel's past and present and the historic nature they represent.

Danielle Tay is currently pursuing her undergraduate studies at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College of London, UK. She most recently held her first solo exhibition in Hong Kong in 2013. She has previously exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore in 2010, UCL Art Museum, London in 2013, and the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow in 2013.

Her entry for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize was also selected and exhibited under the next 20 best Singaporean artworks section for the 2010 Sovereign Asian Art Prize exhibition in 2010.

Supported by the National Arts Council and Raffles Hotel