WOONG SOAK TENG - WAYS TO TIE TREES / SOME PICTURES OF REPRESENTATION
Tree-staking, like our innate human instinct to control, is ubiquitous yet largely unnoticed. Featuring a diversity of (sometimes unorthodox) approaches to the art of tree-tying, this work presents an intimate encounter with the trees and their much-overlooked structures in the garden-city of Singapore. Similar to many cities around the world, trees are uprooted and relocated to conform to a controlled cityscape determined by urban-planning. In an attempt to construct a productive and aesthetically pleasing living environment for ourselves, nature has long been subjected to manipulation at the mercy of our hands.
These are pictures of pictures— and representations of representations. Observing the fabrication of nature imagery in Singapore, nature as a social construct becomes self-evident. This attempt to make sense of how nature exists as simulacra has made the world a little more senseless.
In awe of natural phenomena and nature at large, Woong Soak Teng (b. 1994, Singapore) researches the human tendency to attempt to control and go against nature. Her works often develop alongside natural processes in hopes of learning from them, embracing whatever medium makes sense. At the core of her explorations lies the inquiry of what constitutes nature in our present epoch.