在新加坡的传统娘惹人老店中，美丽的花卉图案巧妙地呼应着瓷砖的拼贴机制，带来了让人惊叹的效果。这种古老而奇妙的技艺也激发了艺术家Fong Qi Wei的强烈兴趣，他常常暗自想象将这些花砖和自己艺术作品结合带来的可能性。他并没有停步于如实记录花砖的面貌，而是不断的思考花砖与真实花朵碰撞时带来的神奇效果。这一系列名为“花砖”的作品也应运而生。
绣球花砖 Tiled Hydrangea
My interest in the Peranakan tiles of old shophouses in Singapore have been piqued for quite a few years now. These tiles usually have floral motifs that work well with the geometrical symmetry of tile decorations.
I have always wondered at the back of my mind about using the features of these floral tiles as part of my artwork. Rather than a straightforward cataloging of the tiles, I asked myself what would it look like if the boundaries between the floral themed tiles and actual flowers are blurred?
This series “Tiled Flora” is the result of that question.
龙船花砖 Tiled Ixora Diptych
Along the way, while making the various pieces in this series, it occurred to me that the most interesting parts of the pieces is the margins at which the floral patterns of the ties meet the real flora.
The boundary where the regular repeating tiles merge with the free form of real flora is an unexpected finding which is fascinating to me. It seems that my eye is compelled to seek out the areas where the real petals meet the tiling patterns. But if the pieces were only of either tiles or natural flowers then the appeal will be reduced.
Perhaps this is representative of life in general. Pure conformity is boring while absolute freedom is chaos; Balance between extremes is harmonious and is desirable.
洋桔梗花砖 Tiled Eustomas
兰花花砖 Tiled Orchid
玫瑰花砖 Tiled Roses