The Deepest Blue (2018)

We have always sought to make sense of life, and art lends itself to an incredibly rich expression. The Deepest Blue unfurled this tendency by examining how water has been used as a metaphorical articulation for the complexities of the mind.

The exhibition showcased the works of four Singapore-based artists, Amanda Tan (Empyreal), Renée TingChloë Manasseh and Tan Yang Er(Yang). Their works were created in response to the stories of four historical artists — Virginia Woolf, Frida Kahlo, Helen Frankenthaler and Zelda Fitzgerald. We envisioned the exhibition as a safe space to explore the intricate human experience, with boundless opportunities for interpretation, contestation and conversation.

The exhibition ran from 23 June to 22 July 2018 at Block 7, Gillman Barracks, and was curated by Racy Lim, editor-in-chief of SAND Magazine, and myself.

Our exhibition was the winning proposal for the D/SINI Breaking Waves Curatorial Open Call
The winning proposals were selected by an international jury consisting of:

  1. Adriel Luis (Curator of Emerging and Digital Media at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center);

  2. Florence Ostende (Curator at the Barbican, London);

  3. Eriko Kimura (Curator from the Yokohama Museum of Art); Victor Wang (Independent curator, London) and

  4. Khairuddin Hori (Curatorial Director, Chan+Hori Contemporary/DISINI Festival).

A publication of the same title, The Deepest Blue, was produced and sold to complement the exhibition and its experience.