One of Singapore’s most established sculptors, Han Sai Por (b.1943, Singapore) is a formidable artistic figure and in her 50 years of practice. Her experiences has shaped her aesthetic language of understated, geometric and organic forms; while marble sculptures appear pliant, making for instantly recognisable works that speak of her years of experience.
Han has won international acclaim and was awarded the Singapore Cultural Medallion in 1995. She attended art courses at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore in the mid 1970s, furthering her studies at East Ham College of Art and the Wolverhampton College of Art in the UK. Her sculptures can be found across various locations in Singapore such as at the Istana, Changi Airport, the Esplanade, and are featured prominently abroad at the Singapore offices of the World United Nation, New York and the Singaporean Embassy in Washington D.C.
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. These works were shown in her solo exhibition in STPI, titled Han Sai Por: Moving Forest (2014).