Eco-Art Histories as Practice: Woodcut and Cuttings of Wood in Island Southeast Asia
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › Scientific › peer-review
A prevailing concern has been to physically work-through the aesthetics, spirit, material and labor of the mid 20th century Malayan Modern Woodcut movement; a form through which migrant artists of the Chinese left inscribed dreams of permanent residence in the South Seas or Nanyang. A second concern has been a critical-poetic investigation with Singapore’s economic success-story, predicated upon the island-city’s entrepôt processing of regional “cheap nature,” from rubber to palm oil. The resulting works aim to bring, macro and micro practices together and to re-work the micro-gestures of the Malayan Woodcut in a macro-ecological context of “cuttings of wood,” in this case the modern deforestation of the archipelago from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century.
|Title of host publication||Eco-Art History in East and Southeast Asia|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Feb 2019|
|MoE publication type||A3 Part of a book or another research book|
- Contemporary Art, Ecology and Art, Practice-led Research, Art History, Southeast Asia, Modern Woodcut Movement