Artworks in order of appearance:

1.

You’re Spiralling Again

2022
Wall paint, glitter ribbon, and polyvinyl acetate wood glue on wood base
73 x 52 x 7 cm

2.

You’re Repeating the Same Mistakes
2022
Wall paint, glitter ribbon, and polyvinyl acetate wood glue on wood base
72 x 47 x 7 cm

3.

You’re Bending to His Will
2022
Wall paint, glitter ribbon, and polyvinyl acetate wood glue on wood base
70 x 53 x 7 cm



Part of “State of Play” at Richard Koh Fine Arts
Excerpt by Eugenia Tan


The subject of ‘play’ for artists requires extensive navigation. The current open call for Singapore Art Week 2023 is in fact, responding to the theme of Play. What are the grounds of play, or the playgrounds for artists? What are aspects of a state of play which apply to creatives then and now?

The humbling element of a playground is its pre-ordained status as a fun zone, an active, mobile site for bodies and minds to roam. This same need for fun activity is crucial in an artistic process. In State of Play (2022), seven artists invite us into their pursuit of alternate creative zones traversing play, catharsis and myth.

A decision of freedom is usually brought about by a prior bout of suppression, even to the extent of alienation. To demonstrate how the artists’ works respond with being deemed free, we can first contrast it with how it may feel to be artistically suppressed.

Xun’s wall-mounted installations You’re Bending to His Will, You’re Repeating the Same Mistakes and You’re Spiralling Again are rooted in themes exploring therapy for self. Xun chimes off consistent, deprecating and disillusioned reminders for preservation and rationalised behaviour, questioning the motivations behind alluded self-improvement. The works expand on the artist’s prior series of a similar intimate premise, with a fixation on chalking down rhetoric thought processes. In the ardour of expectations and creative tasks, Xun has found ways to bend the humdrum of medium and identity into a call for catharsis.


Full essay available on request.