Gong Xi Fa Cai Addictees!
It’s the Lunar New Year - year of the Fire Rooster – and apparently, if you’re a single Rooster: “You singles may meet many opposite-sex friends but you will be unlikely to have a relationship with them since you will not have good luck with the opposite sex in this year.” That was direct and to the point...
However, all is not lost (hooray!) and you can turn your misfortune around: “As the saying goes, a happy event can counteract three disasters… If you want to drive away your bad luck and misfortune, you may choose to attend more happy events of relatives and friends, such as weddings and celebrations for the new birth.”
Well, that may or may not have just ruffled your feathers - and we’re not talking cock* (we just had to throw in a bit of Singlish!).
In the spirit of embracing “the happy” and counteracting three disasters, we present London-based artist and new talent Hollis Carney (aka Fiona Carney) and her Singapore Streets series.
Having grown up in London, Singapore and the United States, Fiona - a digital artist - has absorbed and experienced the combination of being a tourist and a local - and her bold, bright and humorous prints featuring the vibrant Little Red Dot (Singapore) reflect just that.
One of our aims at Addicted is to give new talents a platform. So without further ado, let us present to you the work of Hollis Carney…
Fiona Carney (artist name: Hollis Carney) is a London based multi-media artist.
Fiona has always been inspired by street art, graffiti, architecture and nature’s own designs. Looking beyond what we are shown, and all that is ‘pretty’, Fiona blends images of times, places and people to express her view of the world around her.
Growing up in South London, Singapore and the U.S, Fiona has absorbed and experienced the juxtaposition of being a tourist, an observer and a local. There are many ways of seeing when your perspective is repeatedly altered.
Drawing, painting, photography and digital collage allow Fiona to bring together realities. "I like to take a strong image and contrast it with something that compliments – but at the same time, questions it. It's all about what the image triggers in your head."
"Raffles In Technicolour" by Hollis Carney, 2016
Arty-Fact: Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, FRS was a British statesman, Lieutenant-Governor of British Java and Governor-General of Bencoolen, best known for his founding of Singapore in 1819. His mural is painted opposite Fort Canning Park.
The Merlion is the much loved ‘Water Lion’, a mythical creature with a lion’s head and the body of a fish. It is widely used as a mascot and national personification of Singapore.
The dragon mosaic from Sentosa, a popular island resort in Singapore, is also incorporated into this collage.
"Black & White, Flora & Fauna" by Hollis Carney, 2016
Arty-Fact: A window to colonial Singapore, with rich smells, sounds and colours of flowers, wildlife and weather. Monkeys in the back garden, colourful butterflies and dragonflies flitting between palms and flowers pots. Geckos scampering across white walls to find shade and chirrup in chorus with mysteriously loud bull frogs.
"Tiong Bahru" by Hollis Carney, 2016
Arty-Fact: This piece pays tribute to Tiong Bahru, the old and the new. Iconic 1920’s housing, the wet market and HDB’s – with a local Chinese corner shop as its centrepiece. Famous local street art looks out from each window, the rooster, goat, koi, goldfish and birdmen of Singapore.
Although a regenerated area – the history and essence of the streets are loud and clear. Animals, beautiful trees and palms – hawkers asleep under old umbrellas by the side of the road. Long live Singapore – old and new.
"Little India" by Hollis Carney, 2016
Arty-Fact: Vibrant colours and flowers scream out the essence of Little India. The iconic Hindu Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is hiding in the background of this piece, with Ganesh keeping an eye on what’s going on. Street art and stickers from the local area blend the spiritual with the urban.
"Queenie" by Hollis Carney, 2016
Arty-Fact: ‘Queenie’, with her bag of tea can be found in an underpass of Clarke Quay. She is silhouetted by the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) and old, historical Chinese shop houses.
Old architecture, colonial power and traditional dress intermingle with new Singapore street art.
"Singapore City Window" by Hollis Carney, 2016
Arty-Fact: Marina Bay Sands stands tall looking out over the city. Romantic gardens in the sky, twinkling night lights and hot evening air. Radio playlists from the 90’s and hot sweaty days – make ‘night swimming’ an everyday fantasy.
Chinese mythology and vibrant silkscreen creatures dotted throughout the island are a constant reminder that no matter how ‘new’ things are here – you cannot forget the past and all that made you fall in love with it.
"Happy Rooster CNY 2017" by Hollis Carney, 2017
Arty-Fact: According to the Chinese zodiac, people born in the Year of the Rooster have many excellent characteristics, such as being honest, bright, communicative and ambitious. Most of them are born pretty or handsome, and prefer to dress up. In daily life, they seldom rely on others. However, they might be enthusiastic about something quickly, but soon be impassive. Thus, they need to have enough faith and patience to focus on one thing.
Strengths: Independent, capable, warm-hearted, self respect and quick minded.
Good health, good luck and much happiness throughout this Rooster year and remember: “Some days you are pigeon, some days you are statue. Today, bring umbrella…” – found in a fortune cookie somewhere.
Happy New Year!
Blair & Elena
Art Junkies xoxo
* Talk cock is Singlish or Singapore English. It means to spew nonsense from one's mouth or to utter ridiculous contentions.