Singapore , 1973
Charles Lim sees Singapore like no other artist. As a former professional sailor, his senses are keenly attuned to environments we rarely see. This unique viewpoint marks an oeuvre that makes visible, with stunning clarity, a physical reality that lies hidden around us every day. His SEA STATE series features photographic and video works, as well as audio materials, drawn from the artist’s ongoing exploration of Singapore’s maritime geography and history. Issues of space and natural resources are especially fraught on this diminutive and densely populated island. Lim offers a compelling exposure of humanity’s impact on its physical environment, highlighting the interplay between the natural and the man-made, between land and sea, between actions and reactions. From the state’s monumental sculpting of land and sea, to bodies adrift at the mercy of tidal currents, and the echoes of an abandoned waterfront home, Lim performs an automatic tracing of the nation’s political and psychological contours.
SEA STATE 2: Barge
Diasec print , 74 x 37cm , 2012
SEA STATE 2: Gory 6 Ho
Diasec print , 46 x 74cm , 2012
SEA STATE 3: adrift, aground
Flotation device, stone (found), barnacles , Variable , 2013