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Makan, by Eddie Botha, 56 x 76 cm Indian ink on 300gsm Fabriano paper, 1 Oct 2016. Image courtesy of the artist
INSTINC presents an exhibition by Artist-in-Residence Eddie Botha from Australia. Makan means "eat" in Malay. This word plays an important part in Singlish vocabulary, which is commonly understood by most of the folks in Singapore. The opening reception will be held on 25 November. The exhibition will run until 27 November 2016.
The artist's exhibition "Makan" refers to the collective action in finding emotional nutrients for the journey ahead. Here food is regarded as a means to socialise and shape social circles around meal times and its surroundings. At the same time, it refers to the emotional and social nutrition that the art world feeds the people.
Fragile animals, by Eddie Botha. 60x60x7cm, Indian ink on mixed media board with electronic components and resin coating, 12 October 2016. Image courtesy of the artist
Eddie engages in providing food for thought through his artworks by drawing attention to many types of interaction and raising questions about what we consume. In this way, viewers would be entertained by his humor. For instance, in Fragile Animals Eddie shows how vulnerable the animals are. Through You ate my neighbour, he shows a humorous representation of nature and certain aspects of life which are thought of to be acceptable, could actually be rather peculiar.
You ate my neighbor, by Eddie Botha, 75 x 60cm, Indian ink on mixed media linen, 16 Feb 2016. Images courtesy of the artist
Eddie's unique works received high accolades in Australia. With his fresh and innovative electronic works, mixed media and original hand drawings, he is set to make a new wave.
The South African-born artist is a dreamer, comedian, a world traveller who embraces multi-culturalism, a nature lover and an activist. These are expressed through his works. He creates his works by combining a love of street art with the sensitivity of penmanship, a series of conversations about human nature, people, technology, media, politics and sexuality are explored using a complex language of colour, symbolism and metaphors.
Artist Eddie Botha enjoying a hearty meal after arriving in Singapore
The former landscape architect turned a full-time artist in 2014. He has participated in numerous exhibitions and art fairs including the recently concluded Affordable Art Fair Autumn 2016 in Singapore and Poh Chang Gallery in Bangkok where he took residency.