Four Colors Make a Forest

Four Colors Make a Forest


UV printed on aluminium plates, wires and concrete


Donna Ong’s practice is inspired not only by the tropical flora and fauna, but also the colonial gaze that presupposed our vision of them. Her artworks always traces into the historical images of tropical landscapes. One of her primary sources is a collection of stylized lithographs produced in the 18th century by the western explorers for their audiences who lived in temperate zones. Four Colours Make a Forest focuses on the relationship between these historical representations, romanticization and idealization through the production of tropical images and our embedded escapist desire to buy into these imagined paradises. She built a wire mesh fence that also resembles a typical commercial billboard. It presents a collage that consist of images of tropical landscapes from her archive on one side. On the other side of the artwork is an image that is a Digital Camouflage pattern used by the military, which is the simplest representation of the tropics though it signifies a very different meaning. ภาษาไทย : คลิกที่นี่


Donna Ong


Donna ONG lives and works in Singapore. The artist has won several awards, including Singapore’s Young Artist Award and Prudential Eye Award for Best Emerging Artist Using Installation.

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