ties in with his collection, “May There Be Light”, in which the color represented optimism and rebirth.
Closer to home, local artist Raymond Wong paid homage to his Peranakan and Chinese roots, whose intricate handicraft with Peranakan beadwork against the silk medium resulted in a beautiful, picturesque piece. A pair of goldfish, which symbolizes abundance and good luck in both the Peranakan and Chinese cultures, became his signature motif when he first unveiled the design in 2020.
Since the rise of the pandemic, 2020 saw the world at its lowest. Among the significant shifts in economic patterns and living conditions, the Covid-19 pandemic forced the closure of international museums in response to public safety. This virtual showcase is a new way the art world is remaining connected, both locally and abroad, as it pushes interpretations on the newfound symbolism of the face mask.
At its core, Clothing the Pandemic highlights the importance of museum collections as sources of inspiration that can embrace current events and celebrate contemporary fashion and design.