My journeys into MacRitchie, Singapore's wild forest, became a journey into my own perception of nature - and the deeper into the wild I went, the stranger everything became.
In an attempt to adapt to the forest and the strange strangers I encountered on my way, I designed new clothes, and soon I became a stranger to myself.
Do you live in Singapore and want to join me on my next trip in mid January 2017 as part of the art project MacRitchie Me?
We will be a small group spending a couple of hours in MacRitchie exploring and challenging everything we have thought we knew about nature and ourselves (in nature) - we will be on our tip toes ready for adventure - we will stick to the rules of the forest and common sense, but we will reach for the spirit of no-sense. We will be in pursuit of openness, wildness and strangeness. And perhaps we will do a
cat-tigerwalk with a difference.
If you would like to know more drop me an email here: I am adventurous (or I would like to be ;-)
Finding wilderness is a challenge these days, but finding wildness is possible anywhere.
On International Day of Forests 2016 I found wildness in the central part of Singapore at LaSalle College of the Arts setting up my self-made tent called House of Wild Wood Woman. For the day I was immersed in the big, lush tropical forest.
Never stop dreaming :-)
I live HERE:
Here is a selection from my wardrobe set free for a while in the Singaporean jungle:
When you come from the cold temperate Northern Europe and relocate to such a different environment like tropical Southeast Asia, you can either continue communicating in your usual manner, now with a tropical twist, or you can choose to keep quiet for a period, while you acquire new skills and languages. I chose the latter - or rather it chose me.
Now after a year, I am still a beginner in tropical flora and fauna as well as in Chinese and tai chi. The Chinese character for "forest" might as well mean "sewing machine", in tai chi I
have learned up to "the snake" in the 24-form, and I am now able to recognize and name 5 tropical plants, all trees.
But nevertheless I can't keep quiet any longer, so please accept my apologies for any future tropical nonsense.