by Natalie Pixiedub & Jack Tan
Wood, Twine, Metal Parts, Vinyl Record & Sleeve
33 cm x 33 cm x 12.7 cm
BID AT DEN ON 27 FEBUARY 2015
"Whirring yourself around, just to fall back down..."
'Whir' by the Smashing Pumpkins was one of the seminal songs that helped Natalie through a terrible puberty, filled with negative emotions from a combination of misplaced hormones and assumptions. From the album of B-sides titled Pisces Iscariot (1994), 'Whir' was a tune that Natalie could relate to for its melancholic lyrics of quiet defeat and withdrawal, yet had a chord progression in the chorus that suggested hope.
The work tries to emulate the same emotions she felt listening to the song. Lyrics were hand-cut and stenciled into the record, then coated with glow-in-the-dark paint.
While the song meant a lot during puberty, it means even more in the present, having allowed Natalie to work with her father for the very first time. Jack designed and hand-built the mechanism that allows visitors to make the record whir.
The Smashing Pumpkins
About The Artist
Natalie Pixiedub has been fuelled by music for as long as she can remember. Having grown up in a family of music lovers, she has an uncommon knowledge of songs and bands from periods before she was born. Her father Jack was instrumental in her musical education, having introduced her to rock n' roll through tapes of Elvis Presley, Bill Haley, Chubby Checker and The Beatles.
His love of music pushed him to constantly be involved in organising events, from small gigs in the 1960s, to being part of the Singapore Country Line Dance Association team that organised Singapore's entry into the Guinness Book of World Records in 2002, having more than 11,000 people line dancing at the Singapore Expo.
Natalie is definitely her father's daughter, having worked with music her entire career, from humble beginnings selling t-shirts at concerts to reviewing albums for teen publications, to curating music programmes and hosting her own internet radio show.
This is their first artwork, both as individuals, and as a team. And naturally, it has to do with music.
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