The story of calico marks the official launch of the Critical Craft Collective Singapore, an initiative started by Adeline Kueh and Hazel Lim to investigate the relationships between craft and contemporary art, design and new technologies.
The story of calico foregrounds the different ideals and notions of nurturing and care away from traditional (gendered) norms. For this exhibition, we seek to highlight and elevate the materiality of calico as the main material due to its humble relationship to colonial trade routes and to reclaim its role in today’s context. The selection of intergenerational artists - from more established to emerging whose practices focus on craft, foreground the crafting elements, techniques, intangible/marginal positioning, narratives and storytelling - are important to The story of calico as we reclaim certain themes around intimacy and distance, domesticity in light of the pandemic, and repetitive gestures of ‘becoming’. The range of works made by these artists and a writer include material & haptic manipulations, formal/abstract works dealing with the relationship of calico and image making, representational works that re-examine the politics of location and decolonial approaches, aspects of upcycling or recycling and mending.