The Art of Eternity

Born in 1946 in Singapore, Chng Seok Tin studied art in Singapore, UK, France and USA from 1971 to 1985. Chng has held over 25 solo and 90 group exhibitions and most of her oeuvre occupies a pivotal place in modern printmaking practice in Singapore. Her art practice, which premised on themes of nature and the human condition, extends to drawing, painting, collage, mixed media, photography, sculpture and installation. Due to her visual impairment in 1988, Chng has turned to creating more sculptural and mixed media works. For her relentless spirit and contributions to the arts, Chng was conferred the Cultural Medallion by the Singapore government in 2005.‘The Art of Eternity’ is from a series of works that showcases Chng's literary leanings as well as her philosophical insights based on Zen teachings. This work incorporates Chng's own handwritten calligraphy with quotations culled from obituaries and the book, Xizang Sheng Si Shu (The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying). Despite the morbid undertones, the work speaks of Chng's continued fascination with the Chinese language and culture, as well as the ephemerality of life where change is the only creative constant.