Four Colours Make a Forest

Artist: Donna Ong
painting | UV Printed on Aluminium Plates, Wires, Concrete

Donna Ong’s practice is inspired not only by the tropical flora and assumed, but also the colonial gaze that presupposed our vision of them. Her artworks always trace into the historical images of tropical landscapes. One of her primary sources is a collection of stylized lithographs produced in the 18th century by the western explorers for their audiences who lived in temperate zones. Four Colours Make a Forest focuses on the relationship between these historical representations, romanticization, and idealization through the production of tropical images and our embedded escapist desire to buy into these imagined paradises. She built a wire mesh fence that also resembles a typical commercial billboard. It presents a college that consists of images of tropical landscapes from her archive on one side. On the other side of the artwork is an image that is a Digital Camouflage pattern used by the military, which is the simplest representation of the tropics though it signifies a very different meaning.


The 1st Thailand Biennale2018 - Edge of the Wonderland | 2018.11.02 - 2019.02.28 | Krabi(Thailand)