Following successful performances in cities such as New York, London, Abu Dhabi, Seoul, Hangzhou, Milan and Rome, FENDI’s Fatto a Mano for The Future, has finally arrived in Singapore. Fatto a Mano (Italian for “handmade”) for The Future is FENDI’s live design series partnering artists and designers with a FENDI craftsman in creating art using discarded materials from the FENDI production process, as an exhibition of the interactions between designers and artists, tradition and experimentation, craftsman and materials.
From 26 to 31 May 2011, the FENDI boutique at Takashimaya was transformed into a “live” performance space in which a FENDI craftsman and Donna Ong, Singaporean contemporary installation artist, collaborated to create a unique artwork using FENDI’s renowned Selleria leather in a curious juxtaposition of heritage and creativity.
Installation artist Donna Ong has been at the forefront of creating visual art and installations that demonstrated a sensitivity to her medium, allowing the materials to be moulded by her cryptic imagination into spectacular art. Her work has been described as ‘dark’, ‘obsessive’ and ‘provocative’.
Internationally, she has exhibited at the Singapore Biennale and Moscow Biennale, among others, and in commercial galleries such as Tokyo’s Scai x Scai Gallery under the Arts Initiative Tokyo residency. Locally, her works have been exhibited at Raffles City, Singapore Management University and the National Museum of Singapore. In 2009, she is one of the four artists invited to create a specially commissioned work at the Singapore Art Museum’s 8Q space for the President’s Young Talents Exhibition and Award.
Ong is represented by Osage Gallery, a Hong Kong-originated gallery best known for its contemporary visual and performance art collection, which includes Ong’s recent works – ‘Landscape Portraits (A Beautiful Place Closeby)’, ‘The Sixth Day’ and the ‘In the deep: not all who wander are lost’ series. Osage’s Singapore gallery is located at the offbeat arts enclave Old School (formerly Methodist Girls School).
For her stunning masterpiece in Singapore’s edition of Fatto a Mano, the artist has drawn inspiration from her Peranakan heritage. Multi-coloured pieces of Selleria leather were individually punched and attached to three leather canvasses to create an intricate design reminiscent of that on Peranakan costumes, bags and shoes typically richly embroidered with silk or gold threads, sequins, beads and gilded ornaments.
The end result is a testament to Ong’s and FENDI’s craftsmanship, quality and innovation. Bravo Donna Ong and thumbs up for FENDI – truly “a creativity factory that support talent without boundaries”.