Displayed behind the bar counter in The Moon are depictions of the moon created using some 20 different herbs and spices, by Yang Haegue, an artist based between Berlin and Seoul. These various herbs and spices are all familiar ingredients commonly found in our daily diets. In ancient Egypt and India, they have also long been used in cuisine, medicine, and rituals and ceremonies. Yangʼ s Spice Moon Cycle was created at a print workshop in multicultural Singapore. Contemporary Singapore is an important financial center in Southeast Asia, while its global linkages, thanks to its status as a trading port, also overlap with the history of the spice trade that has connected places around the world. The waxing and waning cycles of the moon, meanwhile, put us in mind of the cosmic energy and movements of the moon, sun, Earth, and other celestial bodies in this universe.
Photo: Furukawa Yuya
Courtesy : Mori Art Museum, Tokyo