ROOM (2015-2017)

“What is it with young women and exclamation points and smiley faces! So afraid of appearing somber, always wanting to appear light and happy and sparkling, even when they are dying inside. Not ever being able to escape the mask that smiles. She wants to write, really write someday. But she is not fully formed. So she does not write. Not really. Unless attempting to live is a form of attempting to write. The agony of becoming. This is what she experiences. The young girl. She would like to be someone, anyone else. She wants, vaguely, to be something more than she is. But she does not know what that is, or how one goes about doing such a thing.” 
–Kate Zambreno, Green Girl

Room is a series utilising portraiture, self-portraiture, and letter-writing to address the nebulous passage from girlhood to womanhood. Participants were dressed in their old school uniforms, mandatory in Singapore's schooling system, and photographed in their bedrooms. They later wrote a letter to their younger selves, revealing the tensions that existed within an exceedingly turbulent time in their lives. 

The New York Times - Lens - The Nebulous Passage Into Womanhood 

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