“Moving Forest” presents a new body of print and paper works from the STPI residency of Han Sai Por, one of Asia’s leading sculptors and Singapore’s Cultural Medallion recipient.
The motif and metaphor of the Forest recurs throughout Han’s practice and continues to resonate. While issues of deforestation and extinction are preoccupations with Han, her forests are always resistant and resilient, never plundered or defeated.
The artist engages paper and threads with the STPI team in ways not previously explored. Cotton threads evoke wind vortexes and paper pulp is used to construct hybrid pods and fruit; forest terrain of trees, valleys, rivers and mounds are interpreted with woodblock techniques and paper relief.
“Moving Forest” shares Han’s imaginative journey through a primal forest that pulsates with life and virility – propagating curious fruit and nurturing Nature’s vital elements of wind and water.
Han Sai Por (b. 1943) has received critical attention for the rigour of her practice over the years. She is a graduate of Nanyang Academy of Fine Art Singapore, who later studied at East Ham College of Art (1980), Wolverhampton College of Art (1983) and Lincoln University in New Zealand. Her public sculptures are featured at the Istana, Changi Airport and the Esplanade in Singapore, as well as abroad at the United Nations, New York, and Singapore embassies in Washington D.C. and New Delhi. Her works are also found in Suzhou Park, China; Portland Sculpture Park, UK; Shodoshima Centre Park, Japan and Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens. They have also been exhibited in museums and leading cultural institutions.