Launched during the pandemic, it took three years to prepare for Georgette Chen: At Home In The World to celebrate the National Gallery Singapore’s fifth year anniversary. On a Sunday afternoon, the crowd at NGS was not sparse, with sounds of visitors whispering, paper folding, and shoes stepping over the floor titles – these mundane background sounds underscore tones of grace in the artist’s still life works. Chen was good at capturing everyday items such as rice, oil and firewood in her works, with unconventional colours. Surrounding the theme of At Home In The World, the exhibition used nine sub-themes to explain Chen’s creative ideas and works in different periods of her life. In an interview with bakchormeeboy, curator Teo Hui Min (张慧敏) said that they initially tried to arrange the works in chronological order or by subject matter, but it did not work. By adding original documentation, they thought that it would strengthen the narrative of the exhibition and provide the works with context and background, to help visitors better interpret and understand of the works. Based on Tan’s comments, the curation is based on the artist’s contribution to Singapore’s art history, with Chen having guided many talents at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts for nearly 30 years.
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