A formidable artistic figure with more than 50 years of practice, Han Sai Por (b.1943, Singapore) is one of Asia’s leading modern sculptors and a recipient of Singapore’s Cultural Medallion Award in 1995. Her experiences have shaped her aesthetic language of understated, geometric, and organic forms; marble sculptures appear pliant, making for instantly recognisable works that speak of her years of experience.
Her education in Fine Arts and Landscape Architecture strengthened her keen understanding of nature and the environment that influenced her work. Most of her works are inspired by the flora and fauna in tropical forests of Southeast Asia. They often comment on the changing landscape in the region and the deforestation that adversely impacts on the environment and ecosystem.
Collaborating with the workshop team at STPI, Han reinvigorated her creative approach with new material possibilities in the in-house paper mill. Exchanging her signature mediums of stone and marble with paper pulps that are soft in nature, Han stretched paper’s potential to possess volume and textures. Her tactile three-dimensional pieces are reminiscent of tropical flora and fauna, highlighting her sculptural sensibilities.
Han has won international acclaim and participated in numerous international exhibitions and projects around the world. Her works can be found in the collections of many international institutions, public spaces and private collections from Singapore, Malaysia, India, China, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and United Kingdom and the United States, such as the National Gallery Singapore, Singapore Art Museum, National Museum in Beijing, the Australian Parliament, the Chancery of the Permanent Mission of Singapore to the United Nations in New York, the Singapore Embassy in Washington DC, Istana Singapore, and Changi Airport Terminal 3 in Singapore.