Perfect Stranger
Sullivan+Strumpf | Sydney
24 November - 22 December 2018

Opening Saturday, 24 November, 3 - 5pm

"It often strikes me," says Ng "that when someone says they miss something, they ordinarily allude to a person, time of place; when what they truly miss is a version of themselves, which they can never get back again. after all, what is each of us, but a vessel of vanishing selves?"

Sullivan+Strumpf is delighted to present an exhibition by Singapore-based Dawn Ng. A collection of 26 texts distilled from a year-long Q&A project between Ng and a correspondent previously unknown to her, Perfect Stranger draws from their daily ritual as well as Ng's ongoing study of colour, emotion, nostalgia and times, to form an autobiographic aide-memoir.

Perfect Stranger is a collection of text-images which form part of a year-long narrative portrait that began on 1 June 2016. Each sheet emits a phosphorescence arising from a synthesis of shades that is unique to, and reflective of, its story. It is a fossilized, fleeting exchange shared by two women from different pasts, presents and futures. Over time, this process of inquisition and disclosure unveils an intimate tapestry of fact and fiction, spanning recollections, observations, questions, lists, stories, poems, confessions and jokes, Perfect Stranger is an experiment in freezing moments of oneself over time.