Common Life: Drawings and Poems
by Ho Chee Lick and Anne Lee Tzu Pheng
Common Life is more than just a collaboration between an artist and a poet: it expresses the spirit of our nation—of the common people, places and experiences we share—that connects us more closely than we think. Embracing the overlooked scenes in void decks, streets, food courts and tucked-away little shops, Chee Lick and Tzu Pheng demonstrate how art is embedded in ordinary events and objects, waiting to be discovered.
Join us for a conversation with Chee Lick, Tzu Pheng, and publisher Fong Hoe Fang on how the everyday mundane may hold something beautiful, exciting and memorable.
11 August 2018, 7-9 PM
The Pod, National Library Singapore
Free admission, RSVP required at:
7:00 PM - Exhibition of selected drawings and poems
7:30 PM - Launch conversation
8:30 PM - Book signing
About the book
“Most things in the world around us have poems hidden in them waiting to be revealed if we have the will to pay attention and see them with the heart.” — Anne Lee Tzu Pheng
With crayons and stained paper, artist Ho Chee Lick wanders around neighbourhoods in Singapore observing , perceiving , looking for that “something”: quiet and unremarkable objects and scenes of basic everyday life. One day some of his drawings came into the hands of poet Anne Lee Tzu Pheng who rediscovers the quiet beauty of these captured moments and explores their story with her words.
Common Life is a visual and poetic journey into territories the mind often finds too familiar to excite feelings or thoughts.
About the artist
Ho Chee Lick is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chinese Studies at the National University of Singapore. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Kansas, USA. Being a person of many talents, Ho is also an artist, a bilingual poet and translator, a newspaper columnist, and a musician.
Ho started learning art from Chen Wen Hsi and Chen Chong Swee at the Chinese High School during the 1960s. He later studied under the former in his studio for two years. Since then, art has remained his lifelong passion.
About the poet
Anne Lee Tzu Pheng has received numerous awards for her poetry, including the Singapore Cultural Medallion (1985); SEA Write Award (1987); Gabriela Mistral Award from the Republic of Chile (1995); Montblanc-NUS Centre for the Arts Literary Award (1996); and the NBDCS Award for English Poetry (three times). Some of her poems have been set to music. She published three new books in 2012 and another two in 2014, including Soul’s Festival, a compilation of her first four collections which had been out of print.