Textile & Yarn, 2021
Lai Hang Chi
休息是為了走更長遠的路 (translation: Resting allows us to journey further)
Little nap documents an inspiring self-care journey that the artist embarked on. It consists of a series of mini pillows that were inspired by natural scenery in Singapore.
As an educator and a young mother, she is busy both at work and at home. To cope with the heavy workload and stress, she decided to find time to focus on self-care. During the circuit breaker period, the artist picked up punch needling and has since been exploring this medium in her artwork.
In the art-making process, the repetitive and rhythmic action of punch needling is immensely therapeutic and uplifting. The artist sees self-care as placing the ‘x’ at the innermost part of our being; to rediscover and reconnect with the inner self. Through her work, she aims to portray this transformational and calming effect to her audience with her choice of gentle colour scheme and unique textures of the yarns.
Hang Chi graduated from Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media in 2010. Her practice revolves around the theme of well-being and emotional healing.
To her, art is a platform for self-discovery and self-expression. The process of art-making is an inward journey to connect with the inner self. She draws inspiration from natural scenery and little things in life. Through her artworks, she aims to bring calmness and joy to her audience, to remind them to pause and enjoy the moment.