Lee Mei Ling2018

Singapore Art Museum

Singapore Art Museum
Singapore, Singapore

Recalling the connect-the-dots books of her childhood, the artist merticulously 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 pursuits 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.

The artist will complete one of the canvases on-site in May, and visitors are welcome to watch the work-in-progress.


  • Title: Connect-the-Dots
  • Creator: Lee Mei Ling
  • Date Created: 2018
  • Physical Dimensions: 200 x 200 cm
  • Provenance: Collection of the Artist, Singapore Art Museum commission
  • Medium: Pencil, ballpoint pen, marker, acrylic and charcoal drawing on canvas, Video projection with sound

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