Monica Ursina Jäger
01 February – 30 March 2018
Working with drawing, sculpture, installation, and cognitive mapping, the practice of Monica Ursina Jäger (b. 1974, Switzerland/United Kingdom) unfolds through a multidisciplinary reflection on concepts of space, landscape, and architecture that scrutinizes the relationship between the natural and the constructed environment.
Her work has been presented at the Biennale Kulturort Weiertal, Winterthur, Switzerland (2017); Haus Konstructiv, Zurich, Switzerland (2017); Kunstverein Wagenhallen, Stuttgart, Germany (2016) amongst other venues. She was the recipient of the Swiss Art Award 2007 and is currently a research associate and lecturer at the Institute of Natural Resource Sciences IUNR, University of Applied Sciences Zurich ZHAW, Switzerland.
During the residency, Monica Ursina Jäger will examine the shifting topography of Singapore and Southern Malaysia and how it changed over the last century by engaging with urban development, and architecture. Of particular interest is the relationship between built environments and natural landscapes in “the vertical shift” incurred in the notion of landscape. Looking at Singapore as a unique case study, her research aims to focus on and excavate histories related to the social, political and sensorial conversations between natural and built elements and to rethink ‘topography’ as a mental landscape, rather than as a form of visual representation.
Artist Talk by Monica Ursina Jäger (Switzerland/United Kingdom), Artist-in-Residence
The importance of the spatial dimension of our lives and of the physical spaces we produce and experience cannot be underestimated. Space, place, landscape, and environment form essential realms of our daily lives as they shape, and are shaped by, political discourses; they are the grounds in which our past is layered and upon which our future is built. In presenting a selection of her artworks in dialogue with a range of iconographical and historical referents, Monica Ursina Jäger will explore the multifaceted nature of spatial experience and the rich history of its representation. Using Singapore as a unique case study, she will also address the “vertical shift” in the concept of landscape and discuss new forms of non-linear perception of time and space.
The talk will take place in the artist’s studio.
Part of Gillman Barracks’ Art Day Out! x Singapore Design Week 2018.