2013-2014, Digital print and drawers, Dimensions Variable

By LOKE PUAY YIN, Hua Yi Secondary School, Art Teacher

The artwork examines the relationship between the artist and her possessions in transition from one home to another. Living in land-scarce Singapore, our dwellings become smaller and smaller. We are confounded by the dilemma of what to keep and what to discard. Dis-located and re-located items represent our sentiments, memories, glimpses of our past and who we are in the present. When we are quick to discard, what kind of future will we have without the mementoes from the past?

Lesson Ideas for Dislocate-relocate (2013-2014) by Loke Puay Yin

This lesson is suitable for students in: Secondary School

Artwork title: Dislocate-Relocate

Name of artist: Loke Puay Yin

School: Hua Yi Secondary School

Possible Guiding Questions


1. What do you see in the artwork?

2. What types of materials are used?


3. What do you think this artwork is about?

4. Why do you think the artist has chosen these objects? (E.g. table, drawers, mementoes)


5. What questions do you have about this artwork?

6. How would you express the theme in a different way?

Possible Elegant Art Tasks

In this lesson idea, students could be asked to think about their personal identities and explore how these identities are conveyed through one’s association with certain objects and symbols. The teacher could introduce a variety of assemblage techniques and discuss about Lucas Samaras and Joseph Cornell’s artwork and examine their exploration with personal identities and use of objects and symbols.

This could be one of the elegant art tasks:

Your family is moving into a very small apartment. They have given you only one shoe box to contain your most treasured possessions for your new home. The chosen items should reflect aspects of your identity.

What would you put in that shoe box? Give reasons for your choice.

Create an assemblage using the shoe box and your most treasured possessions.

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