That her pieces draw attention to the beauty of ordinary spaces and objects within our little red dot.
Who would have guessed that the inspiration for Walter – the huge inatable bunny that popped up in our heartlands in 2010 – was the White Rabbit milk candies we used to chew as kids? Or that art could be created from photographing household items like plastic dustpans and y swatters sold in neighbourhood shops, as Dawn did for her 2015 exhibition, A Thing of Beauty, which opened at the Art Paris Art Fair?
“There is innite beauty to be found in the most common things. We instinctively understand that when we are young, but have difficulty holding on to that innocence as we get older. As adults, the things we’re conditioned to see as beautiful become more elaborate, ornate or pegged to their value,” says Dawn, who is expecting her rst child.
The petite millennial is one of Singapore’s most prolic installation artists. Her works have been exhibited in galleries as far away as in New York and Paris, yet retain a local avour, reminding us that there’s no place like home.
Walter, the piece she’s best known for, shows the beauty of seemingly mundane landscapes, like the tapestry of HDB blocks and MRT lines, that we tend to overlook. A Thing of Beauty tells stories about the objects we keep, and the feelings and memories we store in something as ordinary as an eraser or a paper cup.
Funnily enough, Dawn reveals that it has never been a conscious effort on her part to showcase what is local, or to get Singaporeans to re-examine this place we call home. “I’m constantly telling stories that are true to me through my work. You know the saying that a piece of art is like a mirror. I think people take away what they want, or what they already possess in some unconscious way inside them,” she says.