Suiseki Softfall is a series based on contrasts of material used to invoke and evoke the symbolic image of marble and its associations with power and prestige.
As part of a two-part residency exchange between Italy and Singapore, it was developed for Excavata, a duo research project with the Italian artist Gabriele Dini.
Large-scale textile prints show the marble surface blown up so that its minute textures turn into large features. The supple softness of silk plays against the hardness and surprising fragility of stone.
Developed in residency in Carrara, Italy, home to renowned quarries and centuries of a rich heritage of marble-working, I learnt basic marble carving and surface treatment while harvesting marble fragments on the grounds of the Laboratorio Artistici Nicoli, the family-run marble studio that hosted me.