The belief in superstition and luck, for some, belongs to the realm of the supernatural, or attributed to irrational behavior or a performative illusionist. To Desiree, such beliefs are also the invocation of invisible forces which change or shape our physical world and bring forth transformations of our sense of reality itself. 

With the intention to create a sense of hybridity through her objects, this work aims to blur boundaries between traditions and modernity, functions and dysfunctions, the irrational and rationality.

How can mundane artefacts that we see every day affect the way we behave and direct our lives? Focused on the role of superstition and auspicious artefacts in our everyday lives, these series of objects are presented according to a professional Feng Shui master’s instructions; made to potentially improve Deiree’s life.

By intentionally following the master’s instructions on the use of specific ethnographic objects, Desiree’s work delves into the gesture of manipulating objects to reflect our constant irrational behaviors and unceasing strategies to look for new and ‘unique’ ways to improve our overall sense of well-being.

By Desiree Tham Xue Ping

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

Want to see more artworks under the Decode subtheme? Click here for more.