Joo Choon Lin; You Will Die Lulled by the Waves of the Stormy Sea

Joo Choon Lin was unable to attend the artists’ talk on Saturday August 20th, but that morning she sent instead by text a description of her aims and the background to the work:

“I was trying to respond to the first version of the work..instead of printing representations of sea/water..this time I wanted to print water in a more symbolic way… almost like how ancient Egyptians used hieroglyphs or pictograms … abstract languages that are to be decoded … people have been searching for a higher resolution of images or hd or the clearer the better … to represent the ‘lifelike’ nature of reality..but i think the screaming coming from the mouth of the printer and the strikepin that creates an  impact on the paper and those shaking..its unpredictable twist or sabotage of the image-making when hung upside down … is more ‘lifelike’ than a high resolution or hd … the cross symbols that appear everywhere in the works … showing how the characteristics of water will blink and shine when surrounded by any light source … the cross can also be seems as the cross used in exorcism as the printer is hung upside down … Objectifs used to be a church before it was converted into an art gallery.

The initial idea of wanting images of water/ resemblance  of  a waterfall as images are ubiquitous, are everywhere … a response to our mass culture … how easy it is to access images; and people can use them for own use and images are manipulated and compressed to a lower quality, e.g. into gif files..i like the idea of destroying copyright or ownership … people can use images freely like water.”

Joo Choon Lin, Singapore 2016



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