Field Notes from the South Seas

I have been recording Singapore’s marine life through surveys of intertidal zones between the mainland’s sandy and rocky beaches and offshore mudflats, sandbars and, coral reefs since 2013. In Field Notes from the South Seas, paintings, photography, and a video installation are presented in which photographic fragments of islanders and marine life coalesce into compositions that surface subterranean historical, cultural, and personal narratives of displacement and conservation. By meditating on the human and environmental legacies of modernity and urbanisation, this work explores our inherent dependence and devastating disconnection from the sea.