Avalanche – Dawn Ng
Singaporean artist Dawn Ng deals with time, memory, and the ephemeral.
For Avalanche, the artist has crafted pigmented blocks of ice, then filmed them slowly melting away. Shot against a blank background, the blocks are entirely decontextualised— with a disorientating lack of sense of scale.
Using time lapse, Ng compressed hours of real time into twenty-five minutes of screen time. But, even sped up, the effect remains meditative. Manipulating our sense of space and time, she fast tracks glacial decay while evoking calming waterfalls and collapsing ice shelves.
Portraying the fluidity of time as a ‘riot of colours’ that swell and ebb, forming rivers and pools, Ng turns entropy into eye candy.