Puddles in the City

PhotographerSarah Choo Jing
PrizeSilver in Fine Art / Digitally Enhanced
Entry Description

The city is similar to a film, One in a state of continuous metamorphosis, one in which not only is everything and everyone animated but also incessantly accelerated. Everything passes by and is always in the process of unreeling. Puddles in the City is a series of 5 images depicting a moment in time where street performers are captured when they are no longer performing. The role of the Performer/ Entertainer is indeed fascinating. Taking on a different persona each time, the entertainer is dressed as an Icon and becomes an object of attraction. At the specific moment when they no longer consciously perform, do these entertainers stop becoming representations of icons? Who is the spectator and who the performer? When, or does the performance come to an end? 
 Documented across busy cities (London, Paris, New york), these cinematic images are presented in a dark space/room, suspended at various angles, catching the subtle reflections of the viewers within the room. The reflectiveness of the dark city cape mirrors the puddles of water across cities. The viewer is hence taking on the role as a spectator in this work, interacting with the space and navigating through the pieces. The viewers’ response and level of engagement with the work is pertinent: whether to identify and read into the meaning of the reflections or to not recognize nor notice their reflections at all.

About Photographer

Sarah Choo Jing (b.1990) is a Multidisciplinary Fine Artist who is currently pursuing her MFA in Fine Art Media at the Slade School of Art, University College London. Focusing on the relationship between space and time, Choo’s work depicts identifiable moments and characters within contemporary society. Intentionally constructed, the artist reflects upon social and cultural norms. Choo has recently been shortlisted as a Finalist in the Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2014. In 2013, she was awarded the ICON De Martell Cordon Bleu Photography Award and Kwek Leng Joo Prize of Excellence in Still Photography Award. The artist has since represented Singapore at Cinema Total 2014, organized by Collegium Hungaricum, Berlin, The Santa Fe International New Media Festival 2013 in New Mexico, USA and Nordart 2013 - a contemporary art fair in Germany, Europe. A recipient of the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal Award, Choo has been awarded The Photographer of The Year in the Fine Art Photography category at the 4th International Pollux Awards, USA. In 2012, she was a Finalist for the 3rd edition Julia Margaret Cameron Award, at The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards in Europe. That summer, she received several Honorable Mentions at the International Photography Awards.