28 - 30 july 2021

Nanyang academy of fine arts

Presentation (Live & Video on Demand)

Day 1 (Video on Demand)Wednesday 28 July 2021, 16:00

Day 2 (LIVE)Thursday 29 July 2021, 14:35

Object as an Embodiment of Human Experience in Art Making

Wong Gin Ming

In Ollivier Dyens' 2001 paper, The Sadness of the Machine, Dyens illustrates the difficulty of giving a single, unique meaning to the word "memory". Dyens observed individuals residing in separate realms, one unique to them and one closed off from the rest of the world. Being the sole captives in our intimate spheres, where the sense of time and space is unique to us, our relationships with our memories can prove untrustworthy.

This is where objects - or, more specifically, memory objects - come into play. Objective, third-party, tangible pieces of past existence that reside with us in the present. If objects are to act as material checkpoints of our memories, and our memories cannot exist without things to be tied to, these memory objects that we hold on to are key in establishing who we are as individuals.

Gin Ming examines the different ways philosophers and art writers discuss the relationships between memories and objects. Ideas are taken to observe the connections we have to the objects surrounding us and how these memory objects amplify human identity in the context of art.

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Wong Gin Ming (b. 1994) is a Singapore-based artist. Gin Ming graduated with a Diploma with Distinction in Fine Art from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in 2019, and subsequently obtained a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art Practice at the University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom.

Throughout her years of education at NAFA, Gin Ming has been awarded the 'Tan Chin Tuan Merit Award' (Diploma) in 2017, the 'Tan Chin Tuan Scholarship for Creative Education' (Diploma) in 2018, and subsequently the 'NAFA Dean's List award' and 'NAFA Entry Scholarship' (Degree) in 2019. In recent times, Gin Ming was the Merit Award Winner of the Singapore Creator Awards 2019 (Graphic Design Category)

Gin is currently a teaching assistant at the Fine Art Programme at NAFA. She has participated in various local group exhibitions and is the founder of a start-up enterprise, 'ArtinMondays' (2017), where she sells a collection of her works in various mediums.