Peace Time

Peace Time

Ng Eng Teng

Nationality: Singaporean.

Year: 1993.

Medium: Earthenware, oil paint.

Size: 62 x 41 x 42cm.

Scholars Programme

Peace Time, 1993 (Fig. 7), composed of contrasting rounded or oval shapes within a rectilinear grid, is ironic in meaning. "There is a kind of bullet shape on a semi-circular form, and then the whole is contained within some extruded geometric clay grid which resembles a cage. It has a 'camouflage' colouring like that on our army uniforms, but this is in very bright colours. I call this Peace Time, for in peace time, all war weapons are 'caged', temporarily held in check, put there to be used at any time." A commentary on the conflicting aspects or inconsistencies of present-day existence, it belongs to Eng Teng's War and Peace series of which Portrait, 1986 (Fig. 8), with its bullet-like forms, is an earlier example. Apart from this series, political overtones are rare in his work.

--Bodies Transformed ch. 2


Constance Sheares. Bodies Transformed: Ng Eng Teng in the Nineties. Singapore: NUS Museums/ National University of Singapore, 1999.

This document is part of a joint project of the NUS Museums and the University Scholars Programme, National University of Singapore. This image and accompanying text appears here with the kind permission of the NUS Museums.

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