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Dawn Ng

Avalanche I, Time Lost Falling
in Love

4K Video, 25 mins
Executed in 2021, this work is number 1 from an
edition of 5.


S$12,200 - 15,000

Catalogue Essay

Dawn Ng’s (b. 1982, Singapore) practice deals with time, memory and the ephemeral. Time
Lost Falling in Love is a series of time-lapse video portraits, which trace the meditative
collapse of large, sculptural blocks of frozen pigment. Using ice to capture temporality visually,
the work reflects the poignant passage of time through a visually arresting documentation of
shifting colour and form.

For each portrait, weeks go into sculpting a composite of acrylics, inks and dyes. Once hauled
from the freezer, the singular erosion of a compound colour glacier is laboriously captured
inside a custom pool set over a period of 15–20 hours. This footage is then carefully
manipulated and compressed to create a languid cascade of pigment, mirroring the collapse of
a waterfall in slow motion.

Time Lost Falling in Love is an ode to time that cannot stay. The cathartic erosion of colour
suspends time between the viewer and a moving image, flooding the viewer with a sense of
beauty and destruction, as well as life and loss.

Ng is a multi-hyphenate visual artist who has worked across a breadth of mediums and scales,
including sculpture, photography, light, film, collage, painting and large-scale installations. Her
works, often characterized by lyricism and a nuanced use of colour, have been acquired by the
Singapore Art Museum and exhibited at the Musee d’art contemporain de Lyon and the
Lille3000 art festival, France. She has had solo shows in Art Basel Hong Kong and the Art
Paris Art Fair, and shown in Sydney, Shanghai, Jakarta and New York. In 2016, Ng was
commissioned by the Hermes Foundation to inaugurate their Singapore gallery with a solo
installation, and was also part of the Jeju Biennale, Korea in 2017. Ng was commissioned to fill
a wing of the ArtScience Museum for their Floating Utopias exhibition in 2019 and opened a
commissioned solo at the Asian Civilisations Museum in 2020.

Courtesy of the Artist and and Sullivan + Strumpf


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