Re-Negotiating Chinese ink in contemporary Singapore

Chaohong, Lin (2019) Re-Negotiating Chinese ink in contemporary Singapore. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Re-Negotiating Chinese ink in contemporary Singapore
Synopsis:

This study adopts cultural identity as a framework to analyse and discuss contemporary Chinese ink art in Singapore. While much literature has been written about the classical Chinese ink heritage from China and its influence and development in Singapore, contemporary Singaporean Chinese ink art have begun to emerge as responses towards the classical Chinese ink heritage. The study examines how contemporary Singaporean Chinese ink artists negotiate classical Chinese ink heritage as a cultural basis for their art making. This study attempts to describe their efforts as a distinction from the classical Chinese ink heritage and yet retains a sense of cultural familiarity.

The study reviews literature on classical Chinese ink heritage and its development in Singapore to set the context for the contemporisation of Chinese ink art in Singapore. The study then establishes three key parameters for the examination of the four case studies: the sense of familiarity, extension of material, and fusion of Chinese and Western thought. The study describes the sense of familiarity as a cultural association with the iconography of classical Chinese ink heritage. The extension of material would encompass the application of the traditional Chinese ink medium and material, as well as unconventional materials, in artworks. The fusion of Chinese and Western thought would reference the synthesis of medium, philosophies, ideas, narratives and cultural dilemmas as perceived by Western- educated Singaporean Chinese ink artists. The study has visually and contextually analysedLing Yang Chang’s Taking a Break, Hong Sek Chern’s Rolled/Unrolled, Lim Choon Jin’s Rolling Mist in Highlands and June Lee Yu Juan’s Lost in Translation as contemporary Chinese ink artworks fitting these parameters.

This study concludes that cultural familiarity is the key component for understanding contemporary Singaporean Chinese ink art, while the extension of material and fusion of Chinese and Western thought are to be considered as supporting influences towards cultural familiarity. With these parameters, the cultural negotiation of these contemporary Singaporean Chinese ink artists are thus made clear as distinct but familiar from the cultural basis of the classical Chinese ink heritage. The study hopes to expand the discourse of Singaporean Chinese ink through the examination of contemporary artworks, and to propose the usage of the three parameters of familiarity, extension and fusion for the study of contemporary Chinese ink in Singapore. The study proposes that future research into contemporary Singaporean Chinese ink can be expanded through the coverage of more artists and how the medium can be used in artistic production.

Subjects: Art History
Art History > Thesis -- MA Asian Art Histories
Divisions: Faculty of Fine Arts > Master - Asian Art Histories
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2020 05:15
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2020 05:43
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/745
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