That her pieces draw at­ten­tion to the beauty of or­di­nary spa­ces and ob­jects within our lit­tle red dot.

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Who would have guessed that the in­spi­ra­tion for Wal­ter – the huge inat­able 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 innite 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 prolic 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.

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