Suzann Victor

Country: Singapore

Title:  His Mother is a Theatre

Medium: Mixed media, performance, installation

Size: 3.5 x 10 x 5 m

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Victor received her Diploma in Fine Arts (Painting) from La Salle College of the Arts, Singapore. Since 1991, she has been Artistic Director of 5th Passage Artists Ltd., a registered non-profit public company promoting visual art. She has won the following awards: Navy Art Competition, 2nd Prize, 1994; IBM Merit Prize, 1989; Ministry of Communication and Information Outstanding Award, 1989; and Australian Bicentennial Highly Commended Award, 1988.

Her installation, His Mother is a Theatre, is pivoted around the dining table. Ten meters of seamless black velvet serves as table cloth, with male and female garments at each end, rising in confrontation over a feast of disembowelled bread loaves and empty woks. The vessels' lids are raised and lowered, producing cacophonic, impatient sounds, activated by a motorized baby rocker connected to them by fishing line. Beneath the table, a fiery declaration in text composed of human hair resounds in concentric circles. the words are references to sexuality and taboo.

Victor's selected exhibitions include: Asian Contemporary Artists Exhibition, Japan Foundation Asian Cultural Centre, Tokyo, 1995; The David Marshall Talk, Substation, Singapore, 1994; Artists General Assembly, 5th Passage Gallery, Singapore, 1994; Body Fields, 5th Passage Gallery, Singapore, 1993; Nigatsu Kai, Japanese Embassy of Singapore, 1991; Best of La Salle, Art Affairs Gallery and La Salle College of the Arts, Singapore, 1991; Urban Art in Singapore, National Museum of Singapore, 1990; Cranny Nook, Australian High Commission and La Salle College of the Arts, Singapore, 1990; Break, Joe's Frame Shop and Pidemco, Singapore, 1989; IBM Art Exhibition, Singapore, 1989; MCI Art Exhibition, National Museum of Singapore, 1989; and Australian Bicentennial Art Exhibition, National Museum of Singapore, 1988.
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