We were asked by Ng Teng Fong Community Hospital to co-create an artwork with some of their patients and the students from Commonwealth Secondary School.
Based on our first location recce at NTFGH, we were quite taken by the rooftop greenery and fish pond outside the dementia wards. We were told that one of the patients’ favourite activity is to feed the fishes there! This gave us the idea to create an artwork based on the life in and around the pond.
The grounding intentions behind the final piece ‘Tracing Ripples’ is to make something that will bring patients good memories of the space, and also to create opportunities for inter-generational bonding between the students and the patients.
The first part of the programme was on guiding the students to find earth pigments from their school, processing them into watercolour paints, and setting up the background of the pieces.
Two of the six-session programme were spent at NTFGH with the students guiding patients on making paints with pigments they have foraged and processed in school, and then using those paints to add on fishes and turtles to their pond.
The final pieces were showcased as part of NTFGH’s annual Art Festival and currently displayed at different parts of the hospital.