This, That.


by Ginette Chittick

15 July — 5 Sept 2019


Art Appreciation Club: Panel Discussion 

[gendered practices / engendered hierarchies: perspectives on craft, design and art, and the boundaries between]

Sat 24 Aug 2019,
4:00pm — 6:00pm

Speakers: Ginette Chittick, Hazel Lim, Tricia Lim, Nature Shankar

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A Viewing of This, That. in conjunction with TAAC Turns One: First Anniversary

Sat 31 Aug 2019,
5:00pm — 7:00pm

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Telok Ayer Arts Club is pleased to present the first solo exhibition by the multi-hyphenated artist Ginette Chittick. She will be presenting a series of works using handspun yarn, wood and acrylic. Here, yarn as the object of women’s craft meets with wood and acrylic that have been cut into the geometric shapes informed by design principles. Just as the title "This, That" suggests, the works blur distinctions and defy definitions. They stand at the intersection of art, design, craft and everything in between.

Already fluent in the language of design, Ginette delved into the craft of weaving in 2015 when on a whim, she signed up for a workshop by a visiting well known weaver. She had always been drawn to tapestries because of the textures and the intricate patterns one can build with yarn, and has continued since to explore the craft of weaving and the materiality of yarn.

This body of work is part of Ginette’s continued investigation into the devaluing or trivialising of what are commonly deemed as “domestic” and/or women’s crafts—crocheting, macrame, embroidery, knitting, and specifically weaving and handspinning of yarn. Honoring the unseen labor of women and what is termed as “domestic aesthetics”, the work was built with materials such as handspun yarn of merino wool and kapok cotton woven into tapestries. The kapok cotton itself is locally harvested, some taken from the trees surrounding the LASALLE campus where Ginette teaches.

The need to honour unseen labor of women also comes from a personal place as Ginette herself is a mother to a 4 year old daughter, while also balancing her profession as an educator and pursuing her creative passions. By putting traditional craft techiques that are deemed feminine and held in less regard at the forefront of her work, Ginette is pursuing the themes of identity, a quiet rebellion and an assertion of voice through craft and materiality.

about the artist

Hailing from an underground music background, Ginette Chittick is a member of one of Singapore’s pioneer ArtRock/Shoegaze bands Astreal, a DJ and a prolific punk musician and zinester of the mid 90s punk scene. Starting her graphic design exploration with grimy photostating machines, dot matrix printers, typewriters and cut-up-&-paste techniques, Ginette delved into the themes of sexual identity, Riot Grrrl, punk rock ideology and feminism in one huge slugfest of personal narratives.

She was also the founder of the local Riot Grrrl chapter in Singapore. Originally trained as a web/graphic designer, her exploration into the realms of music, fashion, art, textiles/fibre and photography has led her to work on the themes of love, memory, gender and experience, and investigating the fuzzy intersection between Art, Design and Craft. The Punk Rock DIY ideology continues to pervade much of her process of making.

She holds a Master of Art (Design) and directs the Diploma in Fashion at the School of Fashion, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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