The Kampong Gelam heritage enclave has become a cool cultural hotspot, seeing new contemporary galleries like Coda Culture and Cuturi Gallery popping up in restored historical buildings. If you're around the neighbourhood, head on to Aliwal Street and swing the doors open to Coda Culture. Dive into works by local sculptor and ceramist Shayne Phua.
Her debut solo exhibition Sehnsuhcht is inspired by the symbolic nature of antique wooden moulds and brass stampings, exploring the flexibility of ceramic as a medium and experiments with the arrangement of forms. Her colourful, unique pieces reimagine the functionality of banal objects, studies on the peace in Chinese culture and mythology, and enquiries into the lullabies and oral traditions from her childhood. These are explored through the arrangement and combination of pastries as ornaments and emblems in retelling stories, including oral traditions, in the hope to bridge the past and present through heart-to-heart conversation.
Join in the conversation and tune into a virtual discussion with Shayne Phua at 8pm on October 22. She'll be part of an artist talk and Q&A on Coda Culture's Facebook page, where she'll share about her creative process and inspiration behind her unique sculptures.
While you're in the area, hop on next door to check out Cuturi Gallery's new space. Or check out the coolest art exhibitions this month.