SAKURA—Beyond The Light feat. Queenie Rosita Law
SAKURA – Beyond the Light is the first solo exhibition in Singapore by contemporary artist Queenie Rosita Law and we’re delighted to be showcasing her work. The opening reception was held on 10 February and featured 12 unique paint-on-photography artworks.
Sectioned into 3 series, the first “sakura” art work explores the spirit of the Sakura flower from Japan, and the idea of being in the moment. By using a specialised painting method, she transforms the sakura blossom images to illustrate the development of flowers in blooming.
The second “after blooming” series features greyscale prints that illustrate the development of flowers after blooming and the perpetual cycle of the relationship between life and death.
The third series of “tree” art prints similarly employ a paint on photography method but on images of trees, forests and leaves in Japan to express freedom and light. She hopes people will see the brighter side of things, even in dark times.
By juxtaposing the mediums of limited edition prints, photography and paint, Queenie deftly elevates the status of each creation by operating beyond the confines of two-dimensionality. By layering each canvas with complementary or contradictory strokes of paint, she creates a sense of mystery by concealing parts of the underlying photograph, leading the eye to fill in pieces of the landscape.
The abstract smears and ripples contain beauty on their own, richly textured and swirled with an incandescent quality matched only by the beauty of the Sakura.
The canapé menu for the night was inspired by Japanese ingredients and the colour of the sakura:
Flowers will fall, a tequila-based cocktail and a twist on the classic Paloma, was inspired by the the artist’s painting of the same name. Its pink hue comes from infused housemade gari (pickled ginger) and grapefruit juice. Served throughout the evening of the reception, it will be available exclusively at SPRMRKT Kitchen + Bar for the duration of the exhibition.
If you found her name familiar, Queenie is the founder and curator of Production Q—the art design studio behind The City Book series, including the Singapore edition that was launched in early January this year. The Hong Kong-based studio has produced scented candles and tote bags inspired by the prints from the exhibition and are available exclusively at SPRMRKT McCallum.
SAKURA—Beyond The Light runs from 10th Feb to 28th Mar at SPRMRKT, 2 McCallum St.
Contributing writer: Hui Li