Eye/Feel/Write For You

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“The yellow fog that rubs its back upon the windowpanes.”  

For T. S. Eliot, it must have been an allusion. Memory, or the idea of it. A bit of paint smeared. Smoke from a factory. A cat looking in on a conversation about art. Maybe it’s artifice after all, the same talent and intelligence Picasso spoke of – of painters who can transform “a yellow blot into the sun”.

These pages lay out their own yellow, a canvas on which anything can happen, anything can be rendered, anything said. If everything is indeed a text, what text will inhabit these pages? What images, what stories?

This journal houses one of ten broadsides published for Eye|Feel|Write. These are limited edition collectibles. Commissioned by the National Arts Council, this first instalment has invited ten eminent writers – Robin Hemley, Joshua Ip, Isa Kamari, Alvin Pang, Tan Chee Lay, Jollin Tan, Edwin Thumboo, Ramanathan Vairavan, Yeow Kai Chai and Ovidia Yu – to create ekphrastic responses to artworks in theMedium at Large exhibit at the Singapore Art Museum. Managed by Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, Eye|Feel|Write opens up the invitation to you, the reader. To engage with the world around you, the beauty that exists within. This is a rarefied and celebrated space, one where art meets literature.

Eye|Feel|Write is a special commission of the Singapore Writers Festival 2014.


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