WAYS TO TIE TREES by Woong Soak Teng


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 is one of the winners of the Steidl Book Award Asia 8.

About Woong Soak Teng

Woong Soak Teng practices in the intersections of art making, producing, and project management. Her personal projects examine human tendencies to control natural phenomena and nature at large. Current research interests include the human experience of living with spinal deformity and the role of image-making and representations of human bodies in the medical field. She forms one-third of the art collective, DASSAD.

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BY  Woong Soak Teng
YEAR 2018
DETAILS 30 pages, 30 images
Photographs printed on cardboard, housed in an archive box
20.3 x 30 cm
ISBN 978-3-95829-316-8

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