As a Chinese Singaporean who has adapted to Western culture, it was not difficult for Kai Lin to realise that she is in a unique position to address the issue of globalisation and cultural identity in her art.

During the 2010 Porosity Studio exchange programme in Shanghai, Kai Lin was fascinated by the distinctive red, white and blue industrial fabric which could be seen at construction sites all over China – a trademark of Chinese culture.

Since then, Kai Lin has been manipulating the fabric in her interdisciplinary art practice, relating it to the loss of self-identity due to the proliferation of popular culture. 

By Tan Kai Lin

To see Kai Lin’s final piece, come down to the SOTA Art Gallery from 4 March to 13 March 2020.

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