lisa chandler artist
multi-layered existence, 2013, 150 x 100cm, NZ$5000
SLICE is a series of paintings that respond to the verticality of Singapore’s urban spaces.
Singapore’s shopping malls are vast, shiny, maze-like and multi-leveled spaces that are easy to get lost in. The atriums within the malls are expansive with numerous escalators slicing across the voids, creating dynamic spaces that make the human form appear insignificant.
The main Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) stations are located within these malls or are linked to them via underground interchanges, and everyday the system transports 2.5 million people. The crowd escapes the daily commute by plugging into their phone, i-pad or i-pod.ﾠ This creates a horde of unresponsive people who are there in body, but not in mind – akin to a zombie-like state.
Depending on the time of day, the MRT and malls are either chaotically busy; or eerily quiet and empty, almost like the end of the world.
The large-scale works depict ‘slices’ of urban life. Multiple images are layered using transparent glazes to shape, obliterate and reform figures and urban structures. The process of painting mimics the actual experience of the environment where spaces constantly change as people transition through them.
I was in Singapore in 2013 on a residency at INSTINC Gallery. The Asia New Zealand Foundation supported my residency.
”ﾠ. . . The marks Chandler makes are sublime. The textures and the rubbing back to expose the layers beneath give depth and richness. These works changed over time as she was creating them and it is an inspiration that she has left the previous marks behind. The paintings become a diary of thoughts and events. ”