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Poh Sum Wong Birds on a Wire Exhibition @ Gasworks Arts Park

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Poh Sum Wong's work is the kind that makes you stop in mid-step and ponder life's meanings. She describes her work as a journey, a medium that provokes thought and conversations between viewer and art piece.

Her latest instalment, Birds on a Wire, explores the relationship between life and tangible objects such as flesh, clouds and people. "I like to think about the tension between matter and the ethereal," she says. "I believe that art should be about life and am bored by art for art's sake."

Cloudscapes revisited
In this new exhibition, she continues working on the theme of people set in clouds. The figure has become smaller in relation to the clouds but she still maintains the unique weight and substance of the figure.

Previous work with cloudscape theme
For example, the keynote piece, 'Birds on a Wire' features adult cherubs tottering on telephone wires; their mass and weight resting against similarly voluminous clouds.

Meanwhile, 'Reclining Angel' features a woman set against a blossoming sky, evoking a blend of emotion you might struggle to define as authority, foreboding or power. Wong's paintings have a sense of qi, present within and between her subjects.

'Reclining angel'
Product of a global world
Wong's work defies conventional classifications. She is influenced by her amalgamated background from Chinese calligraphy and Roman Catholic upbringing to the techniques of Western art she later acquired. "I am drawn to the eclectic because many worlds reside within me and I do not choose amongst them. I identify with many groups and all these influence the expressive choices I make in my work."

Art for all
Wong's work, of course, is not just for the deep of thought. They do look good on a living room wall. The pieces, primarily oil on canvas, are affordably priced at about $300 to $1,500. Birds on a Wire runs from 27 November to 9 December 2012 at Gasworks Arts Park.
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Why? Check out some art for thought
When: 27 Nov - 9 Dec 2012
Where: Gasworks Arts Park, Albert Park
Cost: Free
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