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Metamorphosis : A Solo Exhibition by Ming Tan

Opens 16th December 8pm
Ends 20th December 10pm

In Metamorphosis we explore transcendence, imagination and universality through the sublime metamorphosed creations of Ming Tan.Through her seemingly alchemical process Ming Tan’s creations were once discarded egg cartons, stripped of all their previous functionality and reshaped into lyrical and fluid forms.

At first sight these forms appear to be archeological specimens of ruined pottery or artefacts, however a second look reveals its contemporary origins. Being fabricated through a process of transmutation from everyday materials, the sculptural forms communicate to us the universal aspect of an artwork’s ability to evoke feelings of timelessness making these contemporary pieces exude tranquility.

Bearing in mind the hall marks of the work of Ming Tan. It is pertinent for us to notice that her oeuvre enlightens us about looking at discarded materials and everyday objects in a different light. Taking as an example her work on her own home which was appropriated from a semi abandoned apartment building into a sleek modernist family home demonstrates her commitment and faith towards our capacity to dream and imagine possibilities.

Her ability to open subjects into realms of abstraction to reimagine space and objects shows us that the discarded, vulnerable and forgotten can be transformed, reanimated and reintroduced back to our world as lyrical abstractions of sublime beauty and evocative strength.


Ming Tan born 1949 is a modern contemporary artist who expresses herself in vibrant, bright colours, Ming migrated from China to Malaysia at an early age. Growing up, she quickly realised that she had both talent and passion for all things design, and by her 20’s had graduated from RMIT Melbourne, with a BA in Graphic Design.

A former lecturer at MIA (Malaysian Institute of Art), Ming continued her journey into the creative world with the formation of her own advertising company, SEARS. Following that, she returned to Australia in 1987 to care for her sons, keeping in touch with her creative side by dabbling in all forms of mediums when she found time. Ming continued to work on her art, using her experiences and outlook on life as inspiration.

Ming has since returned home to Kuala Lumpur and has continued to work on her art. A favourite amongst local collectors, she believes that art should be available for all to enjoy and intends to price her work accordingly so.

Her latest achievement has been the sale of her artwork to Mid Valley properties to be displayed in the foyer of Northpoint and Southpoint, the group’s latest showcase.



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