La Fête. Celebration. It’s the act of marking an important event in your life. This can range from little events like feeling an unexpected emotion or being able to express yourself freely, to something much bigger. By the hands of Sylvia Ong with a genuine earnestness, La Fete serves as a reminder that there is much to be celebrated in the everyday.
Her work often begins as a single strand of thought, sparked from a conversation, a dream or a new experience. Then it transforms itself into a flowy piece, at every moment responding to life’s beautiful surprises. Rules are broken. Paths are changed halfway.
As a result, La Fete is not about reaching perfection. It’s about being true to oneself and celebrating what’s imperfect. The abstract and the creation of figures come together through a variety of bodily techniques that aren’t as refined or practiced. In this way, the pieces in this collection don’t seem carefully put-together as much as having just gravitated towards each other. It’s a natural occurrence from an artist who lets go of control and goes with the flow.