(Re)Claim Singapore!

Izziyana Suhaimi

March 2013

The less in between
Thread on organza

This work began as an attempt to summarise the stories of Raffles Hotel and the artist quickly discovered that she was unequal to the task. As Izziyana says, "The hotel first opened its doors in 1887 — 99 years before I was born. I am only a blip in its story. Never having any reason to stay or visit the hotel, it exists on the periphery of my consciousness, my interaction with it only as a passer by. Raffles Hotel stands as an easily recognizable national monument, a nod to the country’s colonial history, a reminder of glorious days past, a gathering place for the rich and famous. But to the the majority of Singaporeans, the only thing familiar about the hotel is its façade."

Buildings are silent witnesses to all types of history, global, local, personal and intimate. The stories that unfold in and around them affect how they are remembered. Here the stitching and trailing threads recall the construction and decay of buildings. They call to mind how memories and emotions attached to a place threaten to overwhelm, unravel or disappear all together.

Izziyana’s work primarily involves the use of embroidery. She is interested in collapsing the boundaries between traditional and popular cultures and exploring what exist between these two. Preferring to work with craft‐based techniques, she is attracted to the evidence of the hand and its time‐consuming aspect, which runs counter to the instant gratification and mass‐production centred age of today.

Her works have been exhibited in Singapore, the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan. She has been featured in magazines such as Fiber Art Now, IdN, CATALOG, Nylon Singapore, Nylon Indonesia and GAARN.

Supported by the National Arts Council and Raffles Hotel