$1.50, $2.50, $3.00 Lamps by Nathan Yong
by Harry / February 5, 2013

Nathan Yong uses the familiar shapes of processed food, tinned cookies, plastic sauce bottles and cup noodles for a series of porcelain lamps served on a wooden tray.

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"I remember spending time with my parents and siblings eating simple 'comfort' food when we were young in our dimly lit kampong house. As my family is not very well off, our meals are mostly consist of porridge season with soy sauce and if we are lucky, we will have one or two can food to go along." says Yong.


"That has been my comfort food ever since then and till now I will try to have porridge with just a bottle of Chai Sim and luncheon meat for dinner, it reminds me how happy my siblings and I were even though it was a simple meal without much fan fare."


Yong wants these forms to be recognized for more than the infamous foods they contain, "they are like the unsung heroes, even at times singled out unfairly for their un-nutritional values, but still, they play an important part in our lives be it in the past, current and probably the future."


"I travel often and one of the things I miss most when I am overseas is spending a warm cosy dinner with my family enjoying meal like this. With this project, I want to capture the atmosphere of family togetherness, reminiscing of the early years."


"By casting the archetype of popular process and pre-pack food found in Singapore, crystallizing them in porcelain and presenting them on a solid wooden board and lighted up from within, the interplay between the fragility of white porcelain packaging lighted up against the sturdiness of a wooden block represent the cold apathetic city living against the warmness of familiarity and family togetherness."

The collection comes in three sizes titled $1.50, $2.50 and $3.00, the typical cost of a meal in Singapore from the 80s to today.

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