"In the same way, it is both funny and sad that if we ask kids today where does beef or rice come from, the immediate answer would probably be: “supermarket”. If the question was asked about a fruit like the pineapple (a fruit once widely cultivated as a cash crop and canned in Singapore), would the answer also be “supermarket”, the same answer if the question was about strawberries?"
In Forget me not/ 勿忘果, ampulets created semblances of the Singapore flag –
but with its emblems replaced by that of tropical fruits, bananas, durians, mangosteens and pineapples. These re-imagined flags are engraved on cutting boards. The engravings are permanent marks, yet shallow and somewhat hidden on the underside of the cutting board. They are emblematic of a vague and oft-forgotten part of our environment and past, but they also express a hope that we will not forget the origin of things – that Singapore once had our very own fruit plantations; and fruits are grown on trees and from the earth, not supermarkets.
This work was created for the "Makanlah Buah-buahan Tempatan - Singapura' exhibition" at the U Factory, Gillman Barracks (17-22 Jan 2014), curated by Roots.
Forget Me Not/I features the banana and pineapple / L35cm, W25cm, D2.5cm /S$ 300
Forget Me Not/II features the banana and durian / L32cm, W22cm, D2.5cm /S$ 280
Forget Me Not/III features the banana and mangosteen / L25cm, W15cm, D2.5cm /S$ 200
Edition of 3
Project Year: 2013