Yolande Law, Singapore
In quietness is my strength, 2013
Coffee and acrylic on linen
I am always fascinated by the beauty and wonders of the nature. I would spend time quietly watching the ever-changing clouds in the sky, the sunshine filtering through the leaves, the swaying branches, the beauty of the flowers, the waters flowing, or the amusing activities of the busy ants, the bold bees or the timid small animals as she too would listen to the gentle whispers of the wind or the quietness of the night. I notice many interesting patterns springing out all over the surrounding and could feel the liveliness and energy emanate in the nature. In quietness is my strength. These become my inspirations for my artworks.
I often played with my children when they were young. In their play, I found inspirations to experiment with unusual tools and media, such as spinning tops, swinging twigs and coffee, to find new ways of making. Reminiscent of a child’s playful experimentation, I spin tops on the sand, excitedly looking at how the spinning tops leave random trails on the canvas or spills coffee on the canvas, eagerly watching how the spills of coffee flow interestingly into unpredictable shapes. The accidental, ‘naturally formed’ shapes or random marks fire my imagination and I transform them into landscapes, creatures or nature in an abstract form with colours of life, hope, joy, peace, strength and love.
The Coffee Series explores the use of coffee as an art medium with innovative techniques, such as cracking and coffee-ring drying patterns. Her direct application of the coffee grounds and unique use of acrylic with coffee imbue the abstract paintings with a grainy realism, giving life to the dreamlike imagery.
In the Coffeescape Series, I attempt to create a state of tranquility and calmness amidst of threats, troubles or unknown to give viewers a sense of inner peace and strength. These are well shown in “Peace like a river” and “In quietness is my strength”. “In quietness is my strength” is an interesting painting. It has a big irregular shape lying in front, formed by spills of coffee. Some say it looks like a hippo, some say an octopus, some say a mountain, everyone sees differently. I leave the viewers to amuse themselves with their imagination of what this shape could be.