The Great Wall of Organized Chaos

Samantha Lee Taylor

Whilst travelling around China with a 17-year-old shithead of a brother, a 50-year-old ‘currently suffering an existential crisis because my children are moving out’ mother and an 84-year-old stubborn grandfather, I was taken by this peculiar society. When comparing my birthplace (Singapore) and my home (Australia) to China, the society I observed was alike no other. From the careful consideration of trees, to the chaotic yet organized urban environment, China is a country of tranquillity and commotion all at once.


Each of the four bodies of works; Nourishment, Shanghai to Singapore, Honking and Dinging and Orchard Road., 5pm, is a physical representation of my ideologies and observations I

formed whilst overseas. The first piece commends China’s effort to reinstate forest area and it’s precious nurturing of trees, as seen in the support system conducted of ropes and large

sticks to ensure the tree grows, and remains, upright. These trees once humanised, is a depiction of self-care and consideration, and how one must continue to “water” and “weed” their mind to ensure they are well nourished. The second piece is an artistic interpretation of a flight route map, and is showcased to envelop the viewer, in a way that an ocean envelops land. The latter two discuss distinct Asian societies; China and Singapore, and how

individuals in these communities interact, or don’t, with one another. The first piece depicts modern Chinese individuals, situated in a historical setting amongst a sense of chaos and

uncertainty. The second piece draws influence from John Brack’s Collins St., 5pm to explore a Singaporean’s typical behaviour at an MRT Station – patiently queuing up with a smart phone in their hand. Do we call this disciplined? Or robotic?


As I conceptual artist, I often observe and form ideologies before commencing practical work. Whilst travelling, I kept a journal to ensure such ideas were noted before my forever- wandering brain became fixated on something else. The focus of “The Great Wall of Chaos” is to display works which are inspired by my recent travel expedition, in such a way that a travel writer would blog about, or a travel photographer would capture; to engage the viewer and instigate a sense of wanderlust.