吴启基,“心象图景”,联合早报,现在,2002年2月25日, 6页
Goh, Kay Kee “Moodscape Drawing: Solo Exhibition by Quek Kiat Sing”, Lianhe Zaobao, zbNoW, Singapore: Singapore Press Holdings, 25 Feb 2002, p6 (Translation)2012-09-30

Like many other Singaporeans, Quek Kiat Sing lives in a Housing Development Board (HDB) flat where the largest space is actually the kitchen.  Thus when she wants to create a work of a larger format, she needs to arrange with her mum, so that only after her mum has finished cooking dinner and the family finished the meal, would Kiat Sing be able to use the floor of the kitchen for her painting. As Kiat Sing works in the day, she prefers to paint in the night when it is quieter, and thus allowing her to release her creativity.
Kiat Sing is very much self-taught in ink painting.  When asked of her inspiration, she recalls how there was once when she was experimenting the spread of ink and she totally lost count of the remaining paper she has and her ink soaked up all the paper she has in her house.  She counted that she used up 14 pieces of them after the experiment. When creating the ink works, she does not have any particular motifs in mind, what she seeks is to go with the flow.
Kiat Sing is not totally self-taught in a way.  She has learnt calligraphy when she was growing up and she was schooled at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts where she learnt conceptual art, installation art, art history and theories.  She loves to draw since young.  In her secondary school days, she drew a landscape from the balcony of the school.  Her art teacher was delighted to see the finished work and sent it to the Shankar International Children Art Competition where she gained an award.  This was invariably a great encouragement for her.
Ink to her is very mysterious and very flexible as a medium.  On a mid-autumn festival night, she was inspired by the beautiful night sky. So when she arrived home, she mixed her colours and recreated her feelings for the sky that moved her.  The natural effects of ink were pleasing to her.  She realized that the sky is not just black but is filled with nuances of hues, just like the many possibilities of ink.
Kiat Sing delights in the playfulness of ink.  When she first started, it was very difficult to control the medium, especially since the rice paper tear easily when too much water is applied. However, upon completion, she realized that each and every ink pieces she creates is unique, depending on the dampness of each piece.  She uses ink to write a visual diary devoid of text then.
She can produce up to 20 pieces each day.  Often time, many are not satisfactory.  There was a series where she created 10 pieces, kept 8, and exhibited only 4 in the end.
This visual diary is related to the landscape she sees.  Some are melancholic, others are cheerful.  These are not physical landscape that she is depicting but her moods. In the span of one and a half year, she created 6 series.  Most of her works have no unique titles, but rather they have a serial number for identification.

Translated by Quek Kiat Sing

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