2014, Stoneware and threads, Dimensions Variable

By LIM MUI HOON, AMANDA, CHIJ St Joseph’s Convent, Art Teacher

The hyphen has a dual purpose: it connects and yet it separates. This tension between connecting and separating is prevalent in family relationships, where differences in personality and lifestyle often drive a wedge between parents, children and siblings. The desire to be free from our family members conflicts with our desire to have close kinships. We constantly have to compromise with one or the other. These inherent tensions are represented by the act of pulling, where the materials interact with each other, simultaneously pulling together and apart. As the sculptureis being pulled in conflicting directions, its stability is threatened, and the viewer is plunged into an uncomfortable contemplation of anxiety and beauty.

Lesson Ideas for 28 (2014) by Lim Mui Hoon, Amanda

This lesson is suitable for students in: Secondary 2 / 3

Artwork title: 28 (Pull Together Apart #3)

Name of artist: Lim Mui Hoon, Amanda

School: CHIJ St Joseph’s Convent

Possible Guiding Questions

See

1. What is the most distinct visual characteristics of the artwork?

2. How would you describe this artwork?

Think

3. Why do you think the artist has chosen to work with this colour scheme?

4. What is the symbolism of the colours used in this artwork?

5. What do you think the artist is trying to communicate through this artwork? Why do you say that?

6. Which aspects of the artwork do you find interesting/disturbing?

Puzzle

7. What questions would you like to ask the artist?

Possible Elegant Art Tasks

Starting point: personal interests-relationship/friendship

In this lesson idea, students could be asked to think about insects, plants or things that show interconnectedness. The teacher could introduce the concept of an installation, and talk about how contemporary artists might use ready-mades or unusual materials in their installations or assemblages. The teacher could use examples of artworks by Tang Mun Kit, Tang Da Wu or Joseph Beuys to talk about the meaning conveyed by materials, in relation to the meaning we give everyday objects (in museums, in school, and at home). A possible elegant art task could be:

In a group of 4, create a 3-dimensional artwork that represents friendship, using multiple found objects. Explain your choice of materials, and decide how and where (in school or community) you might want to display this.

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