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Resources > Collections > Artwork Build on an Intersection (Building Sanctuary)

Year of execution:  2016
Year of acquisition:  2019
Medium:   Wood, Glass, Metal assemblage
Dimension:   110 x 80 x 80  cm
Gift of the artist

Chiew Sien Kuan is a painter and sculptor from Singapore. He graduated with a Diploma in Fine Art from the Academy in 1989. He obtained his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Tasmania, Australia, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education from NTU-NIE, Singapore, in 2008. Chiew is a dedicated educator who taught at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts for over two decades. Like the previous Singapore pioneer artists who taught at the Academy, he explores and develops a varied body of work, challenging himself to create art that is relevant to the contemporary. His artistic interests include drawing, painting, sculpture, assemblage and installation.

Chiew’s interest lies in re-examining found objects collected over a period of time and re-inventing traditional aesthetics and values through the assemblage of recycled, experimental, and conventional objects. Chiew constructs Building on an Intersection by employing wood, glass, and metal. Here, the intersection of objects and materials entices viewers to explore and re-think the subject of the installation. With the seemingly random placement of things, the assemblage conveys an unfinished concept and embraces the idea of a work-in-progress.


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