An Image of a Tiger
17 October – 11 November 2018
An Image of a Tiger is an exhibition by Singapore-born Sydney-based artist Jess Bradford, which uses a Chinese cultural theme park called The Tiger Balm Garden to explore cultural identity and representation. In her first solo show with Galerie Pompom, Bradford presents a series of miniature photorealist paintings and ceramic sculptures based on photographic documents and experiences of the park. The Tiger Balm Garden depicts traditional Chinese myths, history and folklore with painted concrete sculptures and dioramas, set within fabricated grottos and mountainscapes. Having visited the park as a child, the artist now uses this site to explore her ambivalent connection to Singaporean-Chinese culture. She considers the site from both a personal and critical perspective, examining how the Garden relates to broader narratives of cultural and national identity.