Break Out (Liberation Series)
Ng Eng Teng
Medium: Stoneware, glazed.
Size: 59 x 27 x 31cm.
Break Out, 1996 (Fig. 66) belongs to an equally enigmatic series, the Liberation series, about which Eng Teng comments, "I think I have to keep it still a secret. It's something very personal which I suppose in years to come, will be revealed, just like my illness, tuberculosis. I am surprised you have noted it. It has very deep significance for me. This Liberation series is about not being able to get away yourself, you know, you can't get out of being what you are. So, there is a little mystery here !" Although Eng Teng offers us no clues to interpretation here, the fact is that he is an unusual artist in the current scene, for his independence and for the extreme confidence with which he employs his creative talents.
--Bodies Transformed ch. 7
Constance Sheares. Bodies Transformed: Ng Eng Teng in the Nineties. Singapore: NUS Museums/ National University of Singapore, 1999.
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Last updated: 11 January 2001