Artist Dawn Ng: Visual Questionnaire #9

Artist Dawn Ng: Visual Questionnaire #9

Perfect strangers

Text: Aravin Sandran

It's hard to pin down Singaporean visual artist Dawn Ng's practice. She has developed an uncanny ability to produce work across a breadth of mediums and scales: from Walter, the colossal white inflatable rabbit that traversed Singapore's nooks and crannies in 2010 to her colour-washed text-based installation 'Perfect Stranger' at Chan + Hori Contemporary earlier this year.

In January and February 2019, she will moving into the uncharted waters of performance for the first time in collaboration with Telok Ayer Arts Club. The experiential piece titled '11' will see four exclusive showings where each night, 11 strangers will be welcomed into the multi-concept venue that will be specially darkened into a black box. After being lubricated with a stiff cocktail, they will sit in pairs across each other in confession-style booths and read from 11 scripts that have been penned by the artist. The text explores Dawn's preoccupation with nostalgia, emotion and time. The hope is that what might usually be casual banter between strangers over the bar counter, could possibly become a transformative moment of vulnerability, openess and introspection. Or as Dawn describes it: "Some may get lost, some may find themselves, some may fall in love and some may want their money back."

An Instagram account you're obsessed with: @uglybelgianhouses

Last Youtube video that made you laugh

Most played song on Spotify right now: MEUTE

A film that makes you cry: Big Fish (2003)

Cover of the book that you would rescue in a fire: Catalogue for Dawn Ng's 'Perfect Stranger' at Chan + Hori Contempory, 2018

Last meal you would have: Egg, Dawn Ng, 'Everything You Ever Wanted Is Right Here', 2012

Most memorable city you visited: Cannes, France

One thing you would bring to a desert island: Dawn Ng's pigment ice blocks

Your guilty pleasure TV show: Wild Wild Country (2018)

An artist who you admire and respect: John Baldessari

The most memorable artwork/exhibition you've seen: Cai Guo-Qiang 

Your proudest achievement in your career so far: 'Perfect Stranger', installation view, Chan + Hori Contemporary, 2018

Dawn Ng's performance piece '11' will take place on four Thursdays in January and February 2019 — 17 January, 24 January, 31 January and 14 February — from 8.00pm to 9.30pm at Telok Ayer Arts Club.Tickets are priced at S$48 per pax (includes a cocktail) and are available for purchase via email at or +65 6221 0712. 

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