Nature's role in Asian culture

Artist Lucy Davis's exhibition explores the varied ways culture and nature in South-east Asia are imagined, represented and performed, reports CHEAH UI-HOON

ARTIST Lucy Davis's ongoing project on wood has taken on several layers of meaning, from collecting discarded wooden objects in Little India to gathering stories about deforestation in the south Sulawesi island of Muna. The multifaceted exploration into where and how wood comes to us in its final form will be presented in a collaborative art installation - covering details as intimate as the thumbprint of a furniture restorer in Singapore to the bigger picture of deforestation in a remote Indonesian island.

It all started some five to six years ago when Davis was living in Little India, and found that "recyclers" weren't picking up the timber and wooden objects that get thrown out. They preferred...

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