2014, Markers on acrylic sheet and LED lights, 21 x 29.7 x 8 cm, Series of 3

By SITI NURHIZAH BTE MOHAMED HASSAN, Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School, Art Teacher

I was inspired by chancing how cars within the staff parking lot seem to have a dynamic relationship. This extended into how the cars seemingly become the social conversations to one another, as they face each other. I drew parallels to this as a form of social/ mechanical interaction and conversation.

Through my work, I wanted to show the complexity of human relationships in connection to the material forms that are blinding its true meanings and beauty. The very objects around us are an extension of our relationship.

The context here is three-fold. A set of three works with five acrylic layeredsheets, each to signify one particular state. In a social dialogue and interaction, the first would be the meeting, the second the interaction, the third the separation. This seemingly tripartite evolution is akin to a visual narrative of how the cars meet each day and leave, only to continue theirhum drum existence at work.

In terms of material considerations, I chose clear acrylic, as it is able to convey a sense of transparency (i.e. how transparent/open humans are towards each other in their different stages of relationship) and fragility (symbolic of human relationships and paralleling the clear, but slightly tinted glass windows of cars). This tinted nature of the blackened windows also symbolizes how in all social settings people come with some sort of guarded sense of privacy, that needs time to open up to others.

The illumination below is carefully selected at points, to highlight how some areas of life appeal to others that we are willing to gloss over other lessdesirable or pleasing faults.

Lesson Ideas for A-lone-ly bond (2014) by Siti Nurhizah Bte Mohamed

This lesson is suitable for students in: Secondary 3

Artwork title: A-lone-ly bond 

Name of artist: Siti Nurhizah Mohd Hassan

School: Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School

Possible Guiding Questions

1.What can you see in this artwork?

2. What do you feel about the artwork and how can you relate to it?

3. How was the artwork made?

4. How did the artist arrange the subject matter in the artwork?

5. What message is the artist trying to convey?

6. What meanings do the elements convey and why are they being used?

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