metaphorical kinships

Moses Tan

Medium: Polymer clay, found mannequin stand
Size of work: Height (with sculpture): 135.5 cm; Height (of stand): 106.3 cm; Base (of stand): 41.5 cm; Height (of sculpture): 22.6 cm; Base diameter (of sculpture): 18.5 cm

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Tan’s newest exploration of sculpture-making looks at the agency of queer individuals within institutional structured wherein heteronormativity takes centre stage. These sculptures, created from skin-like polymer clay are semi-abstract works that allude to parts of the human form. Incorporating forms of flora into the pieces, the works draw upon its rich tradition and entanglement with sensuality, while speaking on ideas of queer bodies and its tender experiences. Using various corporeal forms and adornments, they are realised through the science of phenomena and self-manifestation.

About the Artist

Moses Tan (b. 1986) is a Singapore-based artist whose work explores histories that intersect with queer theory and politics while looking at melancholia and shame as points of departure. Working with drawing, video and installation, his interest lies in the use of subtlety and codes in the articulation of narratives.

Tan’s newest exploration of sculpture-making looks at the agency of queer individuals within institutional structured wherein heteronormativity takes centre stage. These sculptures, created from skin-like polymer clay are semi-abstract works that allude to parts of the human form. Incorporating forms of flora into the pieces, the works draw upon its rich tradition and entanglement with sensuality, while speaking on ideas of queer bodies and its tender experiences. Using various corporeal forms and adornments, they are realised through the science of phenomena and self-manifestation.

He graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts with a BA(Hons) in Fine Arts and a BA(Hons) in Chemistry and Biological Chemistry from Nanyang Technological University. He was awarded the Noise Singapore Award for Art and Design in 2014, Winston Oh Travel Research Grant in 2016, and the LASALLE Award for Academic Excellence in 2016.