Dominic? That’s right. Dominic Fonde to be exact! The Brit’s in da house! In town actually. For a limited time only. While the exhibition lasts. “What exhibition?” you ask. I’ll come to that in a minute…
It was great to see Dominic – my glass blowing, drill engraving artiste of a friend who has been curating glass-based exhibitions on an international level. Only in April this year, he had collaborated with three people from Japan who lent their skills for an exhibition titled – ’10 Nights of Dream’. That exhibition was held at the Japan Creative Centre and was most impressive! I hadn’t seen such a sublime piece of glass work in all my life. It was totally rad. Unreal.
On this occasion, my colleague – Jackson and I visited the Artistry only last week (2 Oct) to suss out a joint bird-inspired exhibition by Alison Wilson and Dominic Fonde, called Syrinx.
This one was typical of Dominic’s craftsmanship – predictably stunning in depth and detail. Some of the works were of Alison’s genius including birds local to Singapore like the Koel and Kingfisher which freely inhabit our Ecogarden at Science Centre Singapore!
The printmaking, drawing and engravings left Jackson and I in wonderment.Why call it Syrinx? Well, that word describes the vocal apparatus of a bird. And for the two Brits who met while living and working in Singapore, the exhibition inspired from a shared interest in birds, hopes “to explore the beauty of them and birdsong, and highlight what might be lost if they were not protected”.
It was especially pleasing to hear from Dominic at the first connect on the night, that he recognised us from Science Centre Singapore, and was keen to contribute to our upcoming issue of the Singapore Scientist magazine (which he regularly writes for and aspires to continue doing so even after relocating to Japan) which is themed on the brain!
I’ll leave you with some images that Jackson and I had taken of the exhibition. You really should experience it too. It’s now on and will continue to feature at the Artistry from 30 Sep to 2 Nov (extended date!). Artistic in every way and layered in meaning, Syrinx will take you on that flight of fancy if you but just believe.
Dominic Fonde is a glass blower and writer with work in both public and private collections. His work is influenced by his observations of the everyday world, nature, music, and the physical process of glass making and the other media he uses. His work frequently integrates artistic forms developed in glass with the written and spoken word. Building on his formal art training and practical experience as a glassblower, the auditory aspects of his work are influenced by a keen interest in music (he plays guitar and mandolin). Dominic is a published member of the British Haiku Society, bringing a fresh approach to this form in his writing, which additionally manifests itself in science fiction and fantasy. His empathetic approach to his subjects, combined with an ability to meet technical challenges in his imaginative, multi-media creations, helps explain his growing popularity and the range of exhibitions, commissions and performances to his credit.