A sculpture made entirely with rice paper by an RMIT Vietnam design lecturer was recently displayed with 145 other art pieces from 29 countries at an exhibition in Singapore.
Fragile Matter, an installation of hand-formed skulls constructed with Vietnamese rice paper, is the work of Senior Lecturer Richard Streitmatter-Tran, from RMIT Vietnam’s Bachelor of Design program.
It was recently showcased at the Art Stage Singapore exhibition.
With each skull taking two hours to make, he worked at night over two weeks to produce 40 for the installation.
“This work relates to the ancient ossuaries and contemporary sites of trauma throughout the world, particularly inspired by my visit years ago as an arts researcher to the S21 school/prison in Phnom Penh, Cambodia,” Mr Streitmatter-Tran said.
The title of the work speaks both to the material and the complicated and delicate way of speaking about trauma and history.
Presented as a large-scale installation, Fragile Matter communicates the immensity of relationships with the past.
Before joining the exhibition at the Singapore Art Stage, Mr Streitmatter-Tran’s work was displayed at Vietnamese Women’s Museum in Hanoi.
Mr Streitmatter-Tran is also the founder of Dia/Projects, an experimental space for contemporary arts and research in Ho Chi Minh City.
Many of his works have been shown in major institutions throughout Europe and Asia.
He will be presenting new work in March 2015 in Madrid and at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.
As the fifth edition for Art Stage Singapore, the exhibition began on 22 January with the aim to connect diverse art scenes across Asia.