Woong Soak Teng
Ways To Tie Trees
30 pages, 30 images
Photographs printed on cardboard, housed in an archive box
20.3 x 30 cm
Between 2015 and 2016, Woong Soak Teng explored the man-made garden city of Singapore and made portraits of its staked trees. As in many cities around the world, here trees are uprooted and relocated to conform to a controlled cityscape determined by urban planning. As part of an attempt to construct productive and aesthetic living environments for ourselves, nature has long since been subjected to manipulation at the mercy of human hands.
Featuring a diversity of (sometimes unorthodox) approaches to the art of tree-tying, this book presents an intimate encounter with the trees and their much-overlooked supporting structures, which have become an integral element of the human habitat. Woong’s consistent, frontal approach and detailed captions based on the trees’ locations lend her works a topographical quality which complements the almost abstract elegance of her subjects.
Ways To Tie Trees / Woong Soak Teng
Woong Soak Teng (b. 1994, Singapore) recently graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Digital Imaging at the Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media.
Her explorations are primarily concerned with the intrinsic human need for control against natural processes and the relationship between man-made and natural elements existing in urban social phenomena. Her works have been showcased internationally in Tokyo, Shanghai, Dali, Auckland and Singapore.