Bend in the river: Close

Ong Si Hui

Medium: Granite

Size of work: L73.8 x B10.4 x D7.6 cm

Displayed on plinth

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Bend in the river is an exercise in restraint and abandonment, by exploring the different ways in which each form reacts to pressure. The pieces are carved from two types of dark granite stones, over a period of three years. Each sculpture is painstakingly hand carved and polished, even though traces of the laborious process are erased in the completed forms. The series is named after the geographical phenomenon of how a river cuts through the plains; and the violence and grittiness of the medium and process too echoes the novel of the same name by V.S. Naipaul.

About the Artist

Ong Si Hui (b. 1993, Singapore) is a a trained sculptor from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore, and a recent graduate from LASALLE College of the Arts.

Working extensively with natural stones, she explores the spirit of the medium through slow and meticulous hand carving processes. The geometric forms and text-oriented works are often manifestations of her stream of consciousness.

Recent solo exhibitions include The Lie of the Land, FOST Gallery (2021), To Stay Tender, Comma Space, Singapore (2021), and LUCKY show, an experimental solo-collective presentation at Lucky Plaza, Singapore (2018). Selected group participations include Intent, Incline, I_S_L_A_N_D_S, Singapore (2020), Session #9: Ong Si Hui + Racy Lim, Peninsular, Singapore (2020), The Fabric of Sympathy, Brother Joseph McNally Gallery, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore (2020), and ONLY CONNECT OSAKA, ONLY CONNECT, Creative Centre Osaka, Japan (2019).