Machinist

An exhibition titled Use Less, staged at the Singapore Design Festival 2007, was the context for which this series of three investigative sculptures was produced. The work addresses the two meanings that could be read in the exhibition name: ‘use less’ and ‘useless’. Old disused car parts were collected from a mechanic’s garage, cleaned up, and uniformly powder coated white. The paint became a mask over the former mechanical functions of the parts, rendering them relatively anonymous and inviting the viewer to mentally investigate their identity and purpose. The notion being probed and promoted is that beauty exists not in form itself, but in one’s understanding of form through function. And if one views beauty with a functionalist view, it can be found anywhere.