Time: Dust

“If the elements and forces of Nature were to paint, what images might they create?” (Min Thein Sung)Min Thein Sung’s works are often inspired by memories of his childhood and a desire to find respite in the present moment. In his work, everyday objects are often suffused with a sense of allegory or poetry. Time: Dust is a series of works formed by the passage of time and the coming-together of dust and humidity. The gritty reality of urban environments is transformed by the artist into quiet, sublime images. Parallels may be drawn between some of these evanescent forms and the pioneering work of contemporary Myanma artists such as Po Po, whose minimalist geometric paintings drew on Buddhist philosophies about the qualities of materials.Commissioned for the Singapore Biennale 2019.