The famous expression 'consciously uncouple' was first thrown into the limelight by actress Gwyneth Paltrow and singer Chris Martin, who announced their amicable marriage breakup online. In my case, I use the title 'Conscious Coupling' to think about the idea of a new marriage between the digital and analogue form of visual expression. The two painted strokes were done by first working on a clear transparency sheet, using a mixture of thick acrylic paint and latex to achieve the viscosity. It took several attempts as it is easy to overwork the strokes. It takes a resolute hand to finally realised that distinctive streaks of paint for the dramatic effects. I used an ordinary office scanner to digitally enhanced the painted strokes and enlarged to a scale within the resolution threshold. Perhaps with better resources, I can take this method to a higher level and work on an even larger scale.
Although the two broad strokes can be suggestive of two figures coming together as a couple. I guess I am happy with that interpretation too.
‘Conscious Coupling’, 2018
Giclée print on SIHL paper,
74.5 x 74.5cm (unframed)
For more information on the show, go to Chan + Hori Contemporary Singapore.