Tan Nan See is preoccupied with use and meaning as well as the translations of Peribahasa, the succinct yet expressive connotations of Malay proverbs. Her in depth study of language and the use of it in everyday life, has allowed her to develop it into a body of work that celebrates the beauty, broadness and eloquence of the Malay language in context of everyday life with ties to the development and movements in Malaysian Art.
In this solo offering, much like her previous solo exhibitions, audience involvement and participation in her work has been integral. She captures and photographs the shared experiences and dialogue between the artist and the audience and later documents them in the exhibition catalogue. This is all part of her art.
The installation work Selamat Artist Meal which takes a tongue-in-cheek look at food culture, eating customs and traditions found locally. The work includes sculptural objects, kuih muih and other local delicacies, as well as recipe ideas. The work is a sensory experience alluding to everyday gestures such as eating, reading and smelling which in turn shows the impact and bringing together the various cultural and social influences, the rituals , the significance and the shared experiences.
Other works exhibited, much like the exhibition title, will show her personal interests and development as an artist. Works are presented at various viewing perspective by means of looking up at works hanging from the ceiling, using the sense of touch to search for hand made detailing in her works, and the idea of the audience taking back part of her work in the case of bringing back the recipe book she created to read at home. The exhibition is simply a sensory delight, in her eyes, at different levels and perspectives.
Tan Nan See is one of the recipients of the Krishen Jit Astro Fund 2009, and a winner of the Juror’s Award at the Young Contemporaries Award, National Art Gallery 2010.
There will be an artist’s talk and walkthrough at 2pm on Saturday 16th April 2011.