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“Reality and Fantasy” features six new art pieces by Mel Cheong, concluding her recent changes in her lifetime. Circles are one of her motifs that always appears in her works, with the idea that each of the circle representing a soul.
Each circle has different colors, different patterns, indicating different experiences that one has gone through. Starting from blank white, the film that she is using this time is not her usual materials for Mokuhanga (Japanese Woodblock). It is actually a by-product that she uses to replace the baking paper for printing her works. Thus, they are films that absorb the watercolours that she uses over and over again, generating colors, graphic and patterns from her other series.
This by-product means what she has been going through, at the same time, she cut the films into circles, sewing them on Washi, indicating her life changes as a mother. “Reality and Fantasy” is her message to her newborn baby, or a lifetime friend, whom she is now devoting in thinking how to raise him up, how she tells him about his family, how she collaborate with him to achieve his and her dream together. Sometimes it is real, sometimes it is just fantasy. However, she believes every parents have also once imagining how their child will be… let’s go to dream a little bit.