10 years later. A distraught daughter visits her old apartment only to discover that her distant father is living with someone else. The interior of the house has seen little change, only the decay brought about by time. Toys and gifts lay misplaced, as if a young girl is still living in the house. Upon entering the kitchen, she encounters her dad. Initially awkward, they eventually rekindled old memories. However, she soon realizes that something is amiss.
Produced in 2014
On An Infinite Loop Teaser Trailer
The artist is interested in digital decay and the nature of technology. This inspired her to take a time lapse of a miniature garden and explore the process in decaying digital data. Glitches occur when there is a slip up of technology, and this imperfection is like catching a glimpse of technology's soul. This imperfection is a mark of the ephemeral nature of technology, and the video explores the beauty as a result of fragility.
Director: Allysa Sing Cinematographer: Benjamin Ziggy Lee Set Designer: Wan Adzlynn Fizra Stylist: Stanley Lui (fashionide.com) Animators: Wan Adzlynn Fizra & Marlisa Rosli Score Composer: Benedict Lee Gaffer: Jingliang Tan Model: Rose Gegee
The short Fashion Film "Crane Wife" features max.tan's newest collection Fall/Winter 2012/2013, shoes from Actually, accessories from Nana and Bird and bags from FrüFrü & Tigerlily.
The film's story is inspired by the Japanese folktale "The Crane Wife".
Produced in 2012
Girl in the Mirror
I was always curious about what made a person beautiful and what wasn’t beautiful and desired. I was also curious about how the definition of beauty changed through time and this definition changed with society.
I was taking portraits of my friends and I decided to manipulate their faces to see if I could create a different type of beautiful, and add a little strangeness to it. I decided to elongate their necks, enlarge their foreheads and eyes and exaggerated it slightly. They still looked beautiful to me, though they were unrecognizable.
The final prints are hand-painted, tea-toned cyanotypes as I didn’t want the final prints to be too realistic and I wanted the final prints to look like they came from a different time-period, maybe from the past. And maybe this beauty from the past could still be considered beautiful even today.
Watercolor on Cyanotype, 2011
Face of War
On the surface, this series is a documentary of adolescent youths in their rooms. Their gazes are averted, looking out the window and beyond. And in their respective “window frames”, an artificial landscape is constructed using found images online. What will be constructed then? The constructed/virtual landscape will be a place they would like to go. The correlating images are found using Google and Flickr.
This series explores how one’s extreme familiarity with his environment can actually become a psychological entrapment. Singapore is so small that as Singaporeans, there is a dearth of novelty or “strangeness” in our surroundings. It also explores how the Internet is then a medium in which Singaporean youths escape or perceive the world beyond. But the irony is that this dream is nonetheless, an artificial construct. But what is most revealing is how the Internet keeps us within a search bubble, constructing the way we perceive the world. And this images appropriated online are not representative of the places. This reveals the incongruity between what is actual and what is being represented, and how the image is simply a projection.
Digital Inkjet Prints, 2012
I Carry Your Heart With Me
This series is a visual manifestation of the fear of losing someone close to you. Each scene represents an imaginative space in which a mundane activity is undertaken. It could be the moment the protagonist is going to bed, or taking a shower, but it is in these mundane moments that he yearns for his partner.
If that pillar of support is taken away from you, is it actually worth letting go? Or is it better to dwell in a fantasy you once had?