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50 x 50

Fiona Seow

Medium: Ink on paper
Size of work: Drawings: H5 x W5 cm each (25 pieces per frame)

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50 x 50 is an obsession over the number 50.

50 x 50 was made in 2015, when Singapore celebrated its 50th birthday. It was an event-filled year that included a group show – “50 Obsessions”, held in Lasalle College of the Arts in December 2015. The show featured 50 artists who presented works that obsessed over the number 50. This series of 50 drawings, measuring 50mm by 50mm each, was the way I chose to obsess over the number 50. Thinking about tessellation, order and chaos, each drawing featured 50 hexagons that were neatly tessellated, randomly configured and shaded.

About the Artist

Fiona Seow graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts with a Diploma in Fine Art (Sculpture) in 2015. 

Seow’s works are primarily driven by an obsession with perfection and order, coupled with a compulsion to repeat. Her geometric abstract drawings and installations are the by-products of various processes that she engages in to achieve a meditative state or a sense of pleasure.

It is through the act of repetition that she is able to find peace and assurance. Mathematics is a constant that she finds assuring; working with geometry allows her to find order amidst chaotic and conflicting ideas. She often employs the symbolic meaning behind geometric shapes in her works. For example, the circle symbolises perfection, cyclical time, and on a more spiritual level it is also linked to continuation of life and beyond. Triangles on the other hand, are the most stable shape that allows tessellation and multiplication, which can be translated into growth.

While most resolved works appear to be visually “clean”, there is often a dark undertone that questions the purpose of her existence. Her process is an ongoing debate on how time, labour and the returns relate to one another. It is also through these processes that she finds meaning in art making. She is currently working on various series of durational works.