The project was designed on the belief that in entering the intimate space of another’s creative potential, we are reminded of the creativity we ourselves possess and can tap into to navigate the complexities of the day and get through. The artists featured represent different artforms and stations in life. Choreographer Santha Bhaskar and Ceramist Iskandar Jalil both in their 80s, are positioned alongside mid-career artists like Filmmaker Kirsten Tan and Fiction Writer Sharlene Teo, offering nuanced differences in their perspectives to life and art by sheer token of the years between them. Performance Makers Kaylene Tan and Paul Rae echo in their creation, performed by actors and real-life couple, Lim Kay Siu and Neo Swee Lin, the complex joys and woes existing between married people, while Performance Artists NADA made up of Rizman Putra and Safuan Johari reflect a different dynamic to creative collaboration. Finally, Architect Randy Chan by weaving a line between his current home and a wayang stage he has built reveals the invisible thread of life connecting him to his aged parents and his two young children.
By encountering these seven artists and their creations we would be taking in a range of perspectives and being enriched by the diversity of their creative articulations emerging from this time of pandemic. Kirsten, Mrs. Bhaskar, NADA, Sharlene, Kaylene & Paul, Mr. Iskandar and Randy individually and collectively reflect diverse artistic perspectives that encompass at once personal and universal responses to the current state of affairs triggered by the pandemic. What is common amongst the seven artists is their commitment to their artforms and their belief in the vitality and importance of the arts to communicate and connect.
Focused on artistic expression, yet tender in its humanity, Life in a Cloud combines artistic creation with a deeply personal and reflective touch; offering a more meditative space to take time with the art pieces and to reflect.