Charles Lim: Staggered Observations of a Coast
Since 2005, Lim’s ongoing project SEA STATE examines the biophysical, political and psychic contours of Singapore through the visible and invisible lenses of the sea. The project is an in-depth inquiry that scrutinises both man-made systems, opening new perspectives on our everyday surroundings, from unseen landscapes and disappearing islands to the imaginary boundaries of a future landmass.
Staggered Observations of A Coast extends on this vigorous examination of the sea. Lim implies two realities from his observations: the ongoing project of land reclamation as being the “sea state”, and the rest of Singapore being the official “nation state”. Within the liminal body of the sea state, where land and sea are in constant negotiation for existence, the artist calls attention toward the malleability and historical void of such spaces.
Image courtesy of STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery, Singapore