Zen TEH

About The Artist

Zen Teh (b. 1988) is a Singapore-based artist and educator interested in the intersection of nature and human behavior. Her practice spans various mediums: photography, sculpture and installation art. Her works has been showcased in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Singapore, including those at the Esplanade, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore Art Museum and ArtScience Museum. She has also exhibited regionally in Thailand, Indonesia, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. Teh was recently awarded the grand prize for the 7th France+Singapore Photographic Arts Award and was a finalist in the 2019 IMPART Awards.

Zen TEH

"The species here are a mix of wild plants and forest, representing different scales of nature. The wild greens, in particular, suggest the extraordinary period of the pandemic, the resilience and hope of nature in its ecological recovery, while images of Singapore's forests are critical of our ecological health."

Fragments of a Liminal Garden

Fragments of a Liminal Garden

Fragments of a Liminal Garden. Detail

Fragments of a Liminal Garden. Detail

Fragments of a Liminal Garden. Detail

Fragments of a Liminal Garden. Detail

About The Artwork

Fragments of a Liminal Garden

Digital image

Zen Teh’s picture of a towering concrete wall beset by wild plants is a cannily manipulated photograph that imagines the natural environment within the calibrated urbanization of Singapore’s landscape, and draws connections between different scales of nature. Images of the island’s primary forests are juxtaposed against, and composed in reconciliation with, that of wild flora. The latter were shot during the circuit breaker in 2020, when the abundance of natural growth represented a temporary halt to routine maintenance of the city-state’s green spaces. According to Teh, “This image is a fictive composite of other images - of plants, surfaces, cracks therein - and serves as a metaphor for the state of our fragmented ecology, of Singapore’s extensive urbanism and its impact on the environment. The species here are a mix of wild plants and forest, representing different scales of nature. The wild greens, in particular, suggest the extraordinary period of the pandemic, the resilience and hope of nature in its ecological recovery, while images of Singapore's forests are critical of our ecological health. This imaginary landscape visualizes an urban dweller’s adaptation to the state of nature present within a densely built city.”

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