Beyond Gardening: Camera Obscura by Cultivate Central and Isabelle Desjeux
Beyond Gardening is a monthly programme that connects you and your child to artists and skilful makers.
A back-to-basic approach inspired by The Good Garden, these creative hands-on experiences will introduce ideas & DIY projects for a more sustainable urban lifestyle.
Look out for these projects involving carpentry to upcycling, natural dyes to fermenting in the coming months.
For the month of September, Beyond Gardening will be led by Singapore based artist Isabelle Desjeux and supported by our very own Cultivate Central. In these sessions, parent and child will learn how to make their very own pinhole camera obscura, explore nature and learn how to use it to sketch with.
About Isabelle Desjeux
Isabelle Desjeux is an artist based in Singapore. She has a background in molecular biology (PhD, Edinburgh University UK, 1995) and a Masters in Arts (Fine Arts) from Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore ().
Isabelle’s research is based on the “refuse”, the “leftovers”, the “failures” and their function in the process of scientific research, and a strong belief in the power of transformation over creation. Drawing from the similarities of practice of both worlds, Isabelle’s art feels like science. Her art takes the form of videos, installations and lectures using elaborate techniques of ‘Pataphysics.“To find beauty in Failure. To pursue Art as a Scientist, studying and questioning the process of scientific research… and then presenting the result of the research on research. Questioning the scientific method and the objectivity of science, I visit labs to find out how exactly science is being made. Like painters describe how they sees the world using paint, I describe what I see and feel using a variety of media. My favoured media are the ones scientists use themselves to communicate their findings: posters, papers, books and lectures….”
Since leaving the lab bench in 2000, Isabelle has divided her time between honing her artistic skills and teaching drawing and creative crafts to young children. Teaching is an integral part of her practice, such that any experiment going on in her studio are always open for students to be part of.