MENTAL: Colours of Wellbeing Is A New Exhibition In Singapore With Dreamy & Stirring Artworks

MENTAL: Colours of Wellbeing Is A New Exhibition In Singapore With Dreamy & Stirring Artworks

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By Karmen on 01 Sep 2022
Digital Editor

Co-curated with Science Gallery Melbourne, MENTAL: Colours of Wellbeing is a new exhibition at ArtScience Museum that celebrates differences and complexities of people.

It features 24 interactive exhibits, art projects and large-scale installations by international artists, makers, scientists and designers, as well as seven artworks by local and Southeast Asian artists.

The works are grouped into four broad themes - Connection, Exploration, Expression and Reflection.

Not spoiling everything, here are a few highlights from the exhibition:

 Wheel (2021) by Hiromi Tango and Dr Emma BurrowsPhoto from GirlStyle Singapore

Wheel is a collaboration between artist, Hiromi Tango and neuroscientist, Emma Burrows exploring the effects of exercise on our mood. While we know exercise is good for us, some of us keep making excuses, delaying and eventually cancelling our workout plans.

This rainbow installation explores how positive environments can impact our motivation, mood, brain growth and ability to learn and pay attention. Step on the giant hamster wheel and have a walk!

Even in Fear (2008) by Zhou XiaohuPhoto from GirlStyle Singapore

This installation by Zhou Xiaohu evokes what anxiety can feel like, where an inflating balloon builds up pressure slowly, pushing at the cage it's trapped in. When the balloon looks like it's about to explode, it slowly deflates, and the cycle repeats.

Go Mental (2021) by Josh MuirPhoto from GirlStyle Singapore

This surrealist dreamscape explores Josh Muir's personal experiences of night terrors, and serves as an invitation to all to better understand the shared human experience of trauma, healing and creativity.

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Stand under the large inflatable characters to hear soundscapes representing the highs and lows of Josh's mind.

Portal (2021) by Rawcus with Lead Artist Prue StevensonPhoto from GirlStyle Singapore

Another playful installation, this tent-like sculpture by Rawcus is designed to be a relaxing and cosy space where visitors can touch and feel the objects that all have different textures. Through this tactile play, people can discover what makes them relaxed, or combat anxiety and sensory overload.

Feel awkward in social situations and find comfort in the online world? Artist Wednesday Kim also shares the same introvert woes. Her video installation is a peek into her mind, including her experiences with therapy and addiction to the Internet.

The Aesthetics of Being Disappeared (2019) by Wednesday KimPhoto from GirlStyle Singapore

Lastly is the whimsical pill-shaped cushions scattered across the exhibition space. These hand-knitted cushions by Emily Fitzsimons are reflective of how like medication provides protection for brains, cushions can help to lessen the impact from hard surfaces.

Cushions? (2022) by Emily FitzsimonsPhoto from GirlStyle Singapore

Although the exhibition is centred around a heavy topic, the experience was relaxing and merry, and not to mention a fantastic way to inspire conversations among family and friends.

Ticket pricing:
Singapore Residents - Adult: $18, Child: $14
Tourists - Adult: $21, Child: $16

MENTAL: Colours of Wellbeing
Location: ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
Dates: 3 Sep 2022 - 26 Feb 2023
Book tickets: marinabaysands.com

Another exhibition worth visiting at ArtScience Museum is Patricia Piccinini: We Are Connected, which has hyperrealistic creatures that are both foreign and familiar at the same time.

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