Learning Activity 2
Now, let's look a closer look at the artwork.
Drying Salted Fish (1970)
Cheong Soo Pieng
Ten times Two
Look at the artwork quietly. Let your eyes wonder.
List 10 words/phrases about the artwork.
Look at the artwork again. Try to list 10 more words and phrases.
The painting is a work of Chinese ink and colour on cloth. It portrays a group of Malay villagers drying salted fish in a field. It is in the Nanyang style, meaning the scene is from this part of the world - South-east Asia or South Sea as the Chinese called it, hence Nanyang - and the techniques used drawn from both Chinese and Western art traditions.
Let's watch this video which had Olivia Lum, a Singaporean, recalling her memories as a child through the artwork.