The Artling caught up with artist Ernest Goh ahead of the opening of Breakfast at 8, Jungle at 9, an exhibition featuring new photography works and an interactive art installation.
I was taught by renowned potter Iskandar Jalil in art and design. The influence of his pottery was very strong so the urge to create sculptural works has always been at the back of my head.
I am big admirer of Yayoi Kusama and her work The Obliteration Room made a huge impression on me. The interactivity of Time To Wrap Up is a combination of paying a little homage to Kusama as well as an invitation to people to join me in wrapping things up in nature.
To better appreciate our delicate natural environment.
The animals photographed this time are specimens from the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum. Some of them more than 90 years old.
I hardly differentiate them between dead or alive when I photograph them. The beauty of the animal is still very much intact in fact death enhances the beauty.
I approach the animal the same way. It is still very much a portrait of the animal. So I see no difference in the process.
As a trained taxidermist I have worked with dead specimens of animals and know what to look out for. I also worked with the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum’s staff closely to select the animals. Dr Tan Swee Hee is one of them. His insight as a scientist was crucial when it came selecting the animals.
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