Fragments of the Mirror World

View from a friend's place

View from a friend's place

The following artworks are collage, but not in the manner you would expect. This is because they are made from fragments of the Mirror World

Spottiswoode Shophouses

Fragments of Spottiswoode

Koon Seng Shophouses

Fragments of Koon Seng

Tiong Bahru

Tiong Bahru

The Mirror World is a representation of the real world in digital form. Access of digital representation is not through traditional materials like paper or fabric, but through screens. 

The ubiquity of screens is a characteristic of our times. We are all familiar with the Mirror World, mostly through our smartphones. The mirror world is so seductive and enticing, that we interact more intensively with screens than we have ever done with fabric or paper!

Alkaff Bridge

Alkaff Bridge

Just as a perfect mirror is revealed when it is shattered, I am shattering digital photographic images into screen-shaped fragments, of 16 x 9 or 3 x 4.

The fragmentation is fascinating, like a mosaic. Other than the consistent aspect ratios of the fragments, lines and shapes are also perceived in the negative spaces between fragments. The fragments are laid on a plain backdrop.

Mandai Reservoir

Mandai Reservoir

Sunrise at East Coast

Sunrise at East Coast

Every single fragment in this series is manually constructed, created and selected from photographs also made by myself. Each fragment, large or small, measure exactly 16 x 9 (or in a few select works, 3 x 4), the aspect ratio of our lives.

I have been wanting to express the digital nature of photography for years now, and this particular technique seems to express the innate digital nature of photography. The result seems to be at an intersection of collage, photography and painting!

Marina Barrage

Marina Barrage

Block 345

Block 345

Fragments of Rochor

Fragments of Rochor

Tampines HDB

Tampines HDB

Tungsten Lighting

Tungsten Lighting

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