Brian Lee // Dunman High School // Cyanotype Installation // 22cm by 22cm by35cm
The work questions the situation of the conserving heritage shophouses in Singapore and how conservation is generally seen as a reinterpretation or keeping of the actual structure and facade without efforts at conserving interior spaces and humanistic elements related to the structures. This results in the creation of empty shells, meaninglessly buildings like curios on a shelf for eternity.
A cast vase mimics the idea of how we try to recreate something in a new form, like a restored shophouse, and making it an object of significance. Images of actual shophouses are imprinted on the exterior of the papier marche vase by cyanotype.