Donna Ong and Robert Zhao Renhui
Born 1978 and 1983 Singapore
Live and work in
Donna Ong is an installation artist based in Singapore whose beautifully rendered environments derive from a critical appraisal of the ordering principles of botany, landscaping, and the representation of nature in European and Chinese art. Growing up in the city, Ong was fascinated with the wild landscapes she finally encountered when travelling as an adult, and how these compared with the impressions of nature she had formed from images and reproductions. Her sculptures and installations use found materials — including finely cut-out images from prints, ready-made objects and furniture, and even artificial plants — arranged according to techniques for reproducing forest and jungle effects in gardening and illustration. Working with dioramas and installations of accumulated objects, she has recently become interested in exploring Singapore’s self-conscious tropicality and issues of deforestation.