PERFORMANCE ARTIST/MIXED MEDIA ARTIST
Delving into themes of collective memory, national identity and gender politics, Heng is credited with introducing feminist discourse into Singapore’s art scene with her early performance pieces. She came into prominence with works like Let’s Walk (1999), where she walked backwards, barefoot and with a high-heeled shoe in her mouth and a mirror in her hand, as a statement on women’s progress in the context of Singapore’s relentless development. Heng’s multidisciplinary practice also comprises forums, interventions, workshops and, most recently, print-making with her show, “We Are the World - These Are Our Stories” at STPI. She re-staged her seminal work Let’s Chat (2006), having a conversation with 12 collaborators about objects of unique significance to them, while plucking the tips of beansprouts, a traditional domestic communal task. Collaborators then explored their memories through printing and papermaking with Heng’s guidance. The result was a single work comprising 24 prints and their digital extensions. Let's Chat is part of “Radio Malaya: Abridged Conversations About Art” at the NUS Museum. Visit www.cfa.