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Slowly But Surely

“If you are not patient enough, you don’t deserve to see the beauty.”

My proposed artwork is a series of painting that changes with time, depicting the slow morphing process of teaching and learning.

Mimicking the hourglass that measure the passage of time, framed coloured sand panels are stacked on top of each, connected and allowing sand to flow from one unit to another. As the week goes, single coloured sand from each unit would layer on top of another unit of coloured sand and eventually mix amongst the colours to form a piece of work that is to a certain extend left to natural forces of gravity.

Rearranged from the initial stacked set up, the final works of multi coloured sand frames would be presented as paintings side by side in a series as a finished product of the process. Hence as the work changes with time, audience are able to watch the process of morphing and such development is unfolded in a amplified manner, framed and being formalised.


For reasons highlighted above, featured below are the thoughts that the artist had considered in the making of Slowly but Surely and the processes the artist had gone through. Take your time to appreciate the work that had gone behind the single piece of final work. We hope that you too will be able to see that the value of art lies not solely in the outcome but also in the thoughts of the artist and how that was translated through a physical medium. May this will start your creative juices flowing. Happy art-making!

Artists’ In-progress images and videos:

Dying coloured sand (1).jpg


 Artist’s art-making process:

I draw inspiration mostly from people watching and associates situations with
jotted memories. I enjoyed the mandane activity of passing of time which is
captured in transitional place, such as bus stops and mrt stations where people
are just waiting and expecting something. Hence I would sit myself in spaces like
that and just wait for ideas to hit. My favourite spot would be in the school
canteen now.
I would start associating activities or patterns that I observed with metaphors or
my personal memories and find ways to duplicate the situation or experience
encountered. The results are usually an abstracted form of the experience that is
froze frames, prolonged and looped into subtle movements of animated image on

Art by: Xie Shangyi


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