Where’s the Green?

Brandon Shan Guanyu | 2L 2018 | Oil on canvas

Having lived the entirety of my existence in urban 21st century Singapore, the dominating presence of concrete, metal, and plastic has come to be at times oppressing. Despite aspirations to become a “city in a garden”, Singapore has, to me, come to embody “gardens in a city” at most. This portrait displays an attempt to remove the “urban” in my blood and connect with unadulterated nature. The removal of man-made elements is evident in the lack of clothing and spectacles, while the crown of leaves and hazy green background show the personal and mental connection to the desire for nature. Moreover, the crown and gaze beyond the frame resemble features of traditional European portraiture, alluding to pre-urban ways of life.