“Every piece of the artwork is created by the song “We Are Singapore” itself. I might have helped by pouring graphite powder and water onto blasting speaker membranes and catching the spills and vibrations on paper, but the real artist was the sound.” - Yeo Shih Yun
For such a young country to reach where it has in just a span of 50 years is a remarkable feat worth celebrating. “Everyone should celebrate. Everyone has benefitted from living here and everyone should mark this notable achievement that not many countries in the modern era have the chance to experience - to celebrate a real achievement,” says the artist. As an artist, she feels very fortunate to be based in Singapore.
Her way of celebrating was to use music and art to create a special set of artworks. This series uses the national song, familiar to all Singaporeans, as the main source of inspiration.
Music is an important part of Shih Yun’s painting process; it is always in the background. When and how a mark is made is influenced by the rhythm, tempo, and mood of the music at the moment. Continuing the use of the colour black, Shih Yun creates captivating pieces. However, in these works, the music becomes the artist and the artist becomes the instrument. The start of the series of works is the beginning of the song and when the song ends, the works are finished. After that, the marks made by the music are scanned digitally, selected by the artist and printed on circled shaped plexiglass panels, reminding us of the vital role of the speakers.