Participants created of photograms and cyanotype collages of objects that they personally hold dear. Using the cyanotype process, they explored the technique of UV or sun printing, used to create the famous Prussian blue prints. In addition to their individual collages, the participants also created a 2m x 2m unique collective cyanotype portrait via a collage of carefully curated personal objects and found items, accompanied by handwriting of memories and values attached to these objects. By placing their personal objects within a larger composition and negotiating its space, each participant learns to create a meaningful dialogue with others in relation to him or herself.
The exhibit of the participants artworks are also accompanied by the soundscape of the creative making process, recorded during the making of the large collective portrait.
Alecia Neo’s projects and artworks usually evolve from her interaction with people and their neighborhoods. working primarily with photography, video, installation and participatory workshops, she develops long-term projects involving a variety of individuals and collaborators, overlooked communities and their spaces. Since 2012, she has developed projects with visually-impaired communities in Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan, including a research project for the Singapore Art Museum’s inaugural Touch Art Collection. From 2014 – 2016, she initiated a long-term art project engaging with Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary Shcool’s VI students on a unique mentorship programme titled “ Unseen: Constellations”, exploring sight and sightlessness in society through the voices of youths living with visual impairment.
She has completed a 4 months art residency at Cittadellarte’s “Università Delle Idee”, Italy, which operates with the agenda of art for social transformation. Cittadelarte was established in 1998 by renowned Arte Povera artist Michelangelo Pistoletto. She is also Artist Lead for Brack, an arts platform for socially-engaged artists and their projects.
I bring my origami too into today's workshop and wanted to see how the result looks like with the prints.
Today workshop is more experience show and experimental. Kind of a new experience that I ever tried. And I also got a chance to get to know the artists too.
This workshop is very eye opening for us. Even though we lost our sight we still can even do it with our hands with the help of the youth. It very surprised to me that by using sunlight we can create something special and image that comes out beautifully.
Taking a photograph using UV lights is something that very technical to me. It's quiet interesting I hope they can organize for more workshop for us.
Before I join this workshop I thought it is using a photo printer to print the image and then using the sun. And then after that I learnt about this method, and putting it under the sun, and then washing it. For me it is very special and very interesting.
Not meaning that we are visually handicap that cannot do anything at all. Not like useless people. I hope that when our work being seen, and visitor come to see. You can show them that we are doing this artwork together. It doesn’t mean that handicap people are unable to do anything.
This is quite an interesting way of creative art by this means. So if it's going to be something that I cant cultivate as a part of my creation. The preparation of the various kind of things are something special from what I've been doing like cutting down the paper and flower the creation.
This workshop was very meaningful, I like this art very much. I can make something special with the help of the volunteer.
It is a bit interesting without using the camera to put a picture and on a fabric and you turn them into a photograph. Using a solar or a sunlight to produce them is very interesting. So overall it is challenging but fun.