PERFECT STRANGER by Dawn Ng
PERFECT STRANGER is an installation that transforms the gallery into a soft, undulating sea of colour across a single plane. 48 sheets of heavy-weighted paper, lie in parallel synchronicity with each other to form a surreal stratosphere of text and colour. Each a synthesis of distinctive shades, they vibrate luminously together from the otherwise ordinary exhibition floor.
Accomplished partly in response to a series of daily queries by child psychiatrist Zehavit Efrati; what began as a chore transformed into a labour of love. Over the course of a year, traversing a pregnancy and past the birth of her first child, Ng’s responses evolved and manifested into themes as varied as questions, lists, stories, poems, postulations, confessions, and jokes. As expressed by the artist, the work reveals ‘a re-imagination of a self-portrait, and a narrative time capsule of oneself’, PERFECT STRANGER is only as strange as art that imitates our mortal lives.
Opposite Questions, Dawn Ng, 2017. Image courtesy of Dawn Ng & Chan + Hori Contemporary