Artist: Tan Kay Nguan, (b.1965, Singapore)
Title: Trifling Matter
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size (cm): 175.7 x 130.3 cm
Prompted by the reported violence in Kosovo and Indonesia, Trifling Matterdelivers a visual ode to peace and an appeal for the end to violence. The word 'peace' is scribbled tirelessly across the canvas in naïve, childlike script, obscuring the lurking presence of the armed soldier. The two toddlers who take centre-stage embody the hope of a nation. The canvas appears to part in the middle, revealing what seems to be an extraordinary landscape - a utopian, paradisiacal realm.