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August 2017

A Study in Slime

This June we will be welcoming artists Michelle Lim (known as “Mish”) and Tamaryn  in the studio.


These 2 artists are traveling to Jogjakarta and will be using the studio for their experiments:


We are two artists who are going on a trip to Jogjakarta, Indonesia in June. On the trip, we will be collecting found objects, images, and texts, and creating poems and drawings. We will do so with the intention of translating our travel experience into some form of work that can be in turn experienced by others – in a given space (as an installation, exhibition, and/or participatory work), as well as on paper (as a zine).


We hope to use the Blue House residency as a means to thresh out our ideas for the final work, as well as the space in which to enact it. Having a residency space would enable possibilities such as assemblage, performance, and participatory work.


Our project is open-ended and depends heavily on what we encounter in Jogjakarta. Its parameters are thus uncertain and malleable, but such are our intentions as things stand.

The Artists:

Tamaryn is a queer Singaporean artist. Her work explores the grotesque absurdity of every day and is imbued with a sense of irony and irreverence. Tamaryn tends towards experimental and ‘outsider’ modes of production. Objects from every day are layered into her work, alongside elements of automation and chance. She enjoys the works of Frank O’Hara, Duchamp, Dada, Fluxus, and #ignorantstyle on Instagram.


Lim Jia Ning Michelle is a Singaporean artist who is interested in the impermanent nature of emotions, relationships, and identity. Her work touches on the beauty of every day and often involves an element of change with the passage of time. She works in formats accessible to the public such as text, printed multiples, and participatory interventions. She counts amongst her influences Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Yoko Ono, Robert Montgomery and Philippe Parreno.


OPEN STUDIO - Exhibited artworks and studio installation


We managed to get some insights about their time in the studio, which we are reproducing below:


Isabelle: – You came to the studio at the end of June and have been working in the studio on the weekends since then, as well as some days during the week to accommodate young students’ visits. During that time, I was wondering if your idea of what you were going to do in the space evolved, or changed completely, or stayed exactly as you had planned.


Both: – Our idea of what we were going to do in the space was constantly evolving. We had the notion of taking inspiration from what we had seen and experienced in Jogjakarta as a starting point, but then it turned out that other explorations (in slime, especially) proved to be more intriguing to us.

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