STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery
Unwilling Times – Passaging 4
One main motif that the artist explores is that of the circular—and in some cases, biomorphic—form. In his lithographs, etchings and screenprints, the repeated shapes invite us to look from a distance, and then to get up close and personal. In both instances, there is a kind of infinity as to how the patterns can go on forever. The multiple layers of circles also begin to appear and create interesting iridescent rhythms of surface and depth. It is thus an invitation to enter expanding worlds and times, into complete cosmos in which one can similarly lose or find oneself.
Throughout his three-decade long career as a ceramicist and performance artist, Jason Lim (b. 1966, Singapore) has challenged the utilitarian nature of ceramics to expand its potential as a critical medium in installation and performance art. Drawing his inspiration from natural phenomena, Jason works with the living, organic nature of clay to explore the notions of change and transformation through the process of creation. Similar to his sculptural pieces which possess a stark rawness, his performances are marked by a meditative quality.
During his residency, the artist challenged himself to translate motifs found in his three-dimensional works into drawings and, in their final manifestations, through the techniques of lithography, etching, screenprinting and paper pulp sculptures. Using repetition as a strategy, a meditative and durational process found itself into Lim’s artwork production. The time spent in the process of making is hence rhythmic, quiet and contemplative.
Jason’s first show was in Canterbury, England in 1992. He has since exhibited across the globe in Australia, Germany, India, Japan, Poland, Singapore, The Philippines, Thailand, and the Netherlands. Jason Lim was also part of the Singapore Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2007.
Jason’s artistic projects, residencies, and travels have been recognized, supported, and awarded with numerous grants and awards from the National Arts Council since 1994.
Soft ground etching and aquatint stop-out on paper
32 x 32 cm Edition of 8