Charcoal, 2022
Diana Ghazali Annuar
Northbrooks Secondary School

‘Halt’ is part of a process of the study of lines and values to create the illusion of space. In this composition, the work studies the formation of two spaces combined into one: a roadway and the classroom windows.

The work presents a landscape view of empty streets with areas in the midst of construction, that reflects a momentary pause in the progression of construction – a result of the pandemic where building works had to be ceased temporarily. In contrast, the classroom windows juxtaposed over the image is a metaphor for not only a barrier from the world outside but also the increase in the pace of progression that occurs indoors (due to working from home and HBL). 

Through this work the artist strives to ignite our memories of adapting to the pandemic, and encourages her viewers to reflect and appreciate the journey which educators have progressed in the past two years, despite the outside world coming to a halt. 

Ghazali graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 2010 with a strong interest in charcoal as a medium. Her work revolves around the imagery of Singapore’s constantly changing landscapes and presents her attraction to the textures surrounding construction buildings. She works with a single medium focusing on basic elements of art such as lines and values to create a quiet energy that brings the viewer forwards and backwards into the space. 

Read more about a e d g e 2022 and the existing artworks.

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