2014, Stoneware, Dimensions Variable

By LEE KOK HIAN, MARK, Telok Kurau Primary School, School Staff Developer

Thought or personal view in the mind is non-visual. No one will know unless it is expressed, either in spoken words or in actions. To put a thought or view into expression, we are making our view visible and it may sometimes need courage. Do you have the courage to express your view even if it is against everyone? Are you courageous enough to be viewed as someone with opposing views? The installation depicts 3D inverted speech bubbles, each with a view. How would you express your view, when you are so vulnerably visible by others? The red speech balloon represents you. How would you express your view?

This is an interactive art piece. Feel free to rearrange the little inverted speech balloons. The red inverted speech balloon represents you. How would you rearrange the art piece to demonstrate your stand when you make your view visible openly in the crowd? Will you be courageous enough to stand firm against everyone else in opposing view, or will you put yourself safely among the crowd and echo the same view?

Lesson Ideas for Visible – View (2014) by Lee Kok Hian, Mark

This lesson is suitable for students in: Upper Primary

Artwork title: Visual – View

Name of artist: Lee Kok Hian Mark

School: Telok Kurau Primary School

Possible Guiding Questions


1. Describe what you see.

2. What medium is used in this artwork?


3. Why do you think the artist has allowed the viewers to rearrange the pieces?

4. What do you think the artist is trying to communicate through this artwork?


5. How will the viewers react if this piece of work is found in a different context (e.g. school, hospital)?

6. What difference will it make if the artist invites visitors to this exhibition, to make their own droplet instead?

Possible Elegant Art Tasks

In this lesson idea, students could be asked to explore ceramics artefacts from different cultures and eras. They could examine images of the Venus De Willendorf, early neolithic sculptures, Chinese ceramics sculptures, and the tourist trinkets we find today. In another lesson, they could explore real plant seeds, the seed series by Han Sai Por, and the field project by Antony Gormley. There could be one lesson of exploratory drawing of seeds and found objects, and discusssing how to depict texture sucessfully using different pencil marks. A possible elegant art task could be:

In a group of 4, create a family of objects using clay, inspired by natural seeds found in Singapore. Explain your choice of materials, and decide how and where (in school or community) you might want to display this.

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