Lee Mei Ling, ‘Connect-the-Dots’, 2018, Singapore Art Museum (SAM)
Lee Mei Ling, ‘Connect-the-Dots’, 2018, Singapore Art Museum (SAM)
Lee Mei Ling, ‘Connect-the-Dots’, 2018, Singapore Art Museum (SAM)
Lee Mei Ling, ‘Connect-the-Dots’, 2018, Singapore Art Museum (SAM)

Recalling the connect-the-dots books of her childhood, the artist meticulously charts the progress of life via three characters in a process of ‘aging’ portraits. Like a blank canvas, life begins with many
possibilities. But as its ‘dots’ are joined with time and each passing stage, its image or outcome
becomes clearer.

Every choice, be it a rebellious act or the pursuit of things material and immaterial, leaves their mark in our lives. Even the lines on our faces reveal the acquisition of wisdom gained through experience, time and grace.

The artist often uses her personal experiences to inform her work, and the theme of life’s unpredictability and transience often recurs in her oeuvre.

About Lee Mei Ling