Tiffany Singh

Tiffany Singh

These temples are inspired by my time in the East especially in Thailand in response to the daily culture of offerings and shrines. Gods in a spirit house are a shrine to the protective spirit of a place, found in the Southeast Asian countries.  Most houses and businesses have a spirit house placed in an auspicious spot, the spirit house is normally in the form of a miniature house or temple. The house is intended to provide a shelter for spirits and votive offerings are left to propitiate the spirits.

The earthenware vessels were formed & fired respond to the familiar mythology; from destruction comes creation. From the fire the vessels are textured and patterned with the smoke & ashes, which naturally decorate the ceramic temples. They are then dressed with sacred objects providing sanctuary for the wax gods, that have become Singhs signature motif. These fired earth temples represent the offerings the earth provides us with and are combined with the Apple (seed of consciousness) Lotus (Eastern creation myth) and here, respond directly to the ethos of Spinning Top with their dedication to providing nourishing food and nutrition and little Lotus Project in response to the lotus as the motif of creation, in this case, in the form of collaborative art projects.

Tiffany Singh’s philosophies and practice encompass influences as varied as modernism, eastern and western spiritual beliefs, Jungian psychology and ancient cultures. With Maori, Indian and Pacific Island decent, her cultural diversity enables her to draw from the many pools of knowledge, philosophy and mythology. This mix of cultures and aesthetics is evident in the work that consists largely of natural, mixed media installation combined with a consciousness around ceremonial and ritualistic materials gathered from the everyday. These ceremonial materials are culturally inclusive to create multiple layers of access to the work, with a focus towards transcending cultural biases and rejuvenating appreciation for the world around us. The use of the sacred, ceremonial and ritualistic refers to a multiplicity of meanings that pre-date Christian times and bridge the duality of western and eastern belief.

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