Chng Seok Tin is one of Singapore's most prominent printmakers, and has displayed dexterity as an artist through her exceptional range of tonality and scale. Drawn through a Press features Chng's works on paper, sculptures, installations and writings. This catalogue seeks to capture the rigorous yet playful approach that drove her experiments in printmaking and writing, as well as her advocacy for new and adaptable ways of making art.
Chng Seok Tin: Drawn through a Press is part of the Something New Must Turn Up series which offers a comparative perspective of how artistic forerunners in post-independence Singapore critically engaged with the conditions of multiculturalism, developmentalism and modernisation through ground-breaking explorations of media.
Something New Must Turn Up is a series of six catalogues comparing the practices of artistic forerunners in post-independence Singapore. Through their groundbreaking explorations of media, ranging from collage and printmaking to installation and digital art, these six artists actively expanded the boundaries of art.
Each standalone catalogue traces the individual journeys that these artists undertook as they strove to be continuously \"new.\" By bringing together essays, interviews, full-coloured plates and archival material, the series offers a comparative perspective of how artists critically engaged with the conditions of multiculturalism, developmentalism and modernisation in post-independence Singapore.
This series accompanies an exhibition at the National Gallery Singapore.