“四房组屋的墨韵笔取”,联合早报,言论,2008年5月3日,20页
“Interesting Ink and Brushworks of Four Room Flat”, Lianhe Zaobao, Singapore: Press Holdings, 3 May 2008, p20 (Translation) 2012-09-30

The richness of Traditional Chinese Ink Painting is always alluring. The 35-year-old local artist Quek Kiat Sing has been deeply moved by this medium, and is now ready to take on the challenge to advance into the world of Ink Painting, taking on the mundane and ordinary as subjects to create new imageries.
The exhibition “Within Four Rooms”, now on at Esplanade Theatre by the Bay, depict the physical space where Kiat Sing lives and perhaps her inner world too.
Kiat Sing has pondered upon the choice of subject matters as she contemplates how to allow Traditional Ink Painting to be revived. For instance, does landscape painting has to be about mountain and river, and flower invariably peony, and figure essentially court maidens?
In the process of her consideration, Kiat Sing discovered that the Tropical Ferns that comes into existence naturally coincide with the philosophy of Zhuang-zi; and the simple four-room-flat and its surrounding could be simple but certainly unique.
In describing the piece, “The Dessert Rose”, Kiat Sing wrote, “The rain has closed the gap between heaven and earth as the dessert rose along the corridor waved in the wind together with the rain. At a turn would be the familiar four-room-flat.
At the same time, Kiat Sing was also in search of the definition of Contemporary Chinese Ink.  She said,“To create within the strict aesthetic criteria requires not just discipline but also courage and this is a constant struggle. “She thus confesses that her journey has just begun.
“Within Four Rooms” is showcased at Esplanade, Theatre by the Bay, at Jendela Gallery, next to the small Recital Hall at level two.  Admission is free and the show continues until 18th May 2008. Timing: Monday to Friday, 11am – 8.30pm, Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 8.30pm, opens as usual on public holiday.

Translated by Quek Kiat Sing

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