Stellah Lim Chii Cze: The hidden art in your rice bowl.
Featured Artist: Stellah Lim Chii Cze
For Edible Art Movement’s recent art installation, URBAN RICE PADDY, Singaporean artist Stellah Lim Chii Cze created a series of of paintings inside used rice bowls & plates. In the concave space of each vessel, the artist intervened – turning tableware into installation art.
Here is your chance to view the rice bowl series up close:
Each of Stellah’s bowls contained a text or image related to the story behind rice & the farmers who grow it. As a subtle, symbolic and powerful detail of the Urban Rice Paddy, some of her interventions were seen, but most were hidden under the soil. The artwork poetically referenced the unseen farmer behind every bowl of rice. Stellah’s intervention within the rice bowls seeks to guide us to contemplate the origins and story behind our food. You can also find out more about the stories behind each rice bowl here (over 500 were donated from individuals and families all over Singapore).
As an added stage to the artistic concept, Stellah proposed that these bowls be given away to exhibition visitors on the last day of the event. All 500 rice bowls containing rice plants were adopted by the public, and 30 of those plants were living in bowls especially designed by Stellah. Her artwork was featured at Singapore Art Museum last Month, so if you were lucky enough to be a rice adopter, do check your bowl once you harvest your rice – it may be a valuable artwork in its own right!
About Stellah: Trained in jewellery & sculpture in LaSalle College of the Arts, Stellah recently exhibited in ‘Unearthed’ at Singapore Art Museum, and has shown at Chan Hampe and Yavuz Gallery among others. As a commentary on and antidote to our throwaway consumerist culture, Stellah Lim’s previous works transformed discarded objects into new sculptural works by coating assemblages with black enamel paint. Their melting forms remind us that our acquisitive desires strip the earth of its resources to keep pace with our ever-changing appetites for new consumer items — items which we discard at a whim, generating waste and contributing to environmental degradation. (Contact the artist here.)