Setting Off, 2016
Ink transfer prints on fabric and paper, copper, wood and ceramic
Collection of the Artist
Singapore Biennale 2016 commission
Driven by diverse factors and circumstances such as conquest, trade, exile, turmoil and natural disasters, humankind has for millennia been travelling great distances over land and sea in search of power, resources and safety. Setting Off is on the one hand steeped with the artist’s own experiences and recollections of being displaced from the country of her birth, Cambodia, but more generally speaks about the numerous and varied journeys individuals and communities find themselves facing and eventually embarking on. In this installation, Ky traces the history of pattern-making back through time and space. Incorporating examples of Peranakan lace and embroidery patterns (obtained from Cambodia, China, Hong Kong and Korea), the artist imprints, etches and prints them over Khmer motifs using intaglio printing and Khmer engraving techniques – thus forming hybridised patterns that amalgamate the multiple layers of aesthetic influence in Peranakan and Khmer cultures.