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“Iam::” by Subina Aurora Khaneja



The text framing the oil painting reads:

I am  what  the body construct  physical dimensional shape  created in the fires  with metals of earth  waters of the ocean  but in the same clay  roam  words thoughts ideas  that better define  who  I am  yet in the space  between the breaths  still  I exist  I am  That


The site installation “Iam::” is a part of DRIVE, an on-going public art festival, ending on January 23, 2015. Held at Gillman Barracks in Singapore, the festival features works, ranging from wall murals, to sculpture, to multi-media installations, by artists from the Gillman galleries and around the world. It also displays works from the general public, submitted to an open call and selected by expert judges, of which Subina Aurora Khaneja’s “Iam::” is a mesmerizing example.

The artist has this to say about her work:

The famous expression of the relationship between the Individual and the Absolute ‘that thou art’ and the existential reality of the equally famous ‘I think therefore I am’ drive my thoughts of how a physical reality can be transcended by a thought, idea. Just like the Gillman Barracks. A space that has been and continues to be reinvented, limited only by our own imagination of what it can do. Yet even if we remove everything, the space where the Barracks stand will still be there. Constantly existing. Just like our Self. Our world construct. In our minds. In ever existing space. Little dots on the sheaths of the universe.






About Jee Leong Koh

My book of poems Steep Tea (Carcanet) was named a Best Book of 2015 by UK's Financial Times, and a Finalist by Lambda Literary. I also wrote three other books of poems and a book of zuihitsu. My work has been shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize, and translated into Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian and Latvian. Originally from Singapore, I live in New York City, where I edit the arts blog Singapore Poetry, and run the Second Saturdays Reading Series and the Singapore Literature Festival in NYC.

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