Azri Alwi draws inspiration from the tension between Singapore’s hyper-urban environment and memories of thriving reefs and starry nights. He completed his BFA with first class honours from Lasalle after dropping out of NUS’ direct MA architecture program. Blending philosophies from Malay art, Chinese landscape painting and Impressionism, his practice discusses art as contemplation of nature.
This piece is a contemplation of the significance of horizons and our lack of access to them in Singapore.
Please note that the piece includes the following poem engraved on the acrylic mount:
A meeting place, this unbroken line
Where sky and sea embrace
With whispered voices intertwined
Echoing in time and space
A tree climbs forth to taste sunshine
And toils unseen beneath the ground
Then rain descends, like a lifeline
Here too are horizons found
Should sight roam far from this shoreline
Its limits we’d see clear
And in reflections might we find
The horizon that sits right here?
Yet to screens and cities the limbs resign
And focus spreads so thin it scatters
In this mad rush who has the time
To learn how feeling small matters?