Donna Ong is an installation artist from Singapore, best known for her evocative and thought-provoking environments made from furniture, found objects and original artwork. Her works have been exhibited both locally as well as internationally in shows such as the Jakarta Biennale (2009), Kwandu Biennale (2008), 2nd Moscow Biennale (2007) and the inaugural Singapore Biennale (2007).
Since her graduation from Goldsmiths College, London and University College with a degree in Fine Art as well as in Architecture, she has received much positive critical review for her installations as well as several awards and prizes such as the Singapore Undergraduate Scholarship from UCL, the Shell-NAC
scholarship from the Singapore Arts Council and Shell and the Sefton Open Competition in TwoDimensional Art (2004), UK.
In 2009, she was recognised for her artistic achievements by the Singapore government and received the Young Artist Award for her contribution to the arts, as well as the People’s Choice award in the President’s Young Talent Competition. She has shown locally at the Singapore Art Museum as well as the National
Museum. Her recent activities include exhibitions in the Djanogly Art Gallery in England, a three-person group exhibition in Eslite Gallery, Taiwan as well as participating in two shows for the Singapore Art
Museum. In 2012, she exhibited at the Hara Museum in Japan and participated in two well received shows at the Singapore Art Museum. She was also one of the three local artists selected to exhibit in “Encounter:
The Royal Academy in Asia” at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore, showing together with the artists of the Royal Academy, London.
She is represented by Primo Marella Gallery (Italy) and Equator Arts (Indonesia). Future exhibitions include a solo exhibition at the Primo Marella Gallery in Lugano, Switzerland (February 2013) and a solo exhibition at Equator Arts in Singapore’s Gillman Barracks (September 2013).
I promised myself as a child, never to forget what it felt like to be a child - to dream and invest in the imaginary, the fantastic, the impossible. My work is about trying to keep that promise.
Grand projects are dreamt up and an attempt to realise these visions undertaken; using whatever comes to hand, be it a broom or a bucket. Each project is chosen from a game, story or dream from childhood, a
search to recapture a remembered past with the tools, skills and knowledge of the adult one has become – an adult playing a child’s game much too seriously. The resulting sculpture installations and drawings
though seemingly playful, elicit a poignancy that arises inevitably from the knowledge that the immense amount of effort lavished is expended in vain – for the desired goal is often chosen precisely because it is unattainable. Yet this factor is also what gives the investigations their emotional charge and appeal.