Ong, Donna b.1978 / In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
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about this work
Inspired by Marco Polo's account of Kubla Khan's summer residence, the work uses heavily decorated ceramic teacups and vessels to create a luxuriant garden filled with a menagerie of tiny ceramic animals. Peranakan and antique Chinese porcelain is used to reference not just the nostalgia inspired by fading cultures, but also the impossibility of having anything last forever, whether it be empires, great cultures, ideas, trends or fads.  What remains are the relics of the age; the objects that embody the memories of the hopes that accompanied each dream and vision.

Donna Ong (b.1978, Singapore)

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan, 2010

Round table, peranakan, lamp shade, animal figurines
90 x 155 cm.
35 7/16 x 61 in.
Provenance:
Osage Gallery, Kowloon, Hong Kong Current Location:
Hong Kong - S InstallationSouth Asia

exhibitions

Remaking Art in the Everyday
Art Stage, Singapore
January 2011

publications

Art Stage Singapore 2011
Art-U room in blog (Online), January 28, 2011
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