Artworks in order of appearance:
Mixed medium soft sculptures & garments
Part of Samuel Xun’s graduate body of work at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore
‘FEMBUOYANT!’ is a collection of wearables exploring non-normative identity and it’s relationship with the clothed body. Informed by writings from Eng-Beng Lim, Audrey Yue, and Susan Sontag, the looks are a mishmash of references from visual elements of high and low camp, translated through a myriad of embellished surfaces and sculptural silhouettes. Themes of irony and high aestheticism are shrewn throughout the presentation of the works, conveying encoded messages that address visibility and representation.
“FEMBUOYANT is that gay boy sitting across from you at every social setting. That bitch is serving you looks, whilst giving you looks. God knows if it’s a he-she-they situation, but it absolutely doesn’t matter. High on helium, miss thing does not clown around, but she’s in on all the jokes. She knows you absolutely LOATHE pink, so she makes it the colour of her choice. That big inflated head of hers keeps you at the edge of your cheap seats, always. You don’t know if you entirely get her, but this for certain, you’ll never be on her level.”