Artists go up close with art and nature for inspiration in Singapore

Vital Possessions (above) was born out of poet Marc Nair's six-month residency at Gardens by the Bay in 2015.
Vital Possessions was born out of poet Marc Nair's six-month residency at Gardens by the Bay in 2015.ST PHOTOS: ALPHONSUS CHERN, ARIFFIN JAMAR, ETHOS BOOKS, KHALID BABA, NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE
Vital Possessions (above) was born out of poet Marc Nair’s six-month residency at Gardens by the Bay in 2015.
Vital Possessions (above) was born out of poet Marc Nair’s six-month residency at Gardens by the Bay in 2015. ST PHOTOS: ALPHONSUS CHERN, ARIFFIN JAMAR, ETHOS BOOKS, KHALID BABA, NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE
National Gallery Singapore's inaugural poet-in-residence Madeleine Lee (left) spent eight months in the gallery and the experience has led to the publication of Regarding (above), a collection about its exhibitions.
National Gallery Singapore's inaugural poet-in-residence Madeleine Lee (above) spent eight months in the gallery and the experience has led to the publication of Regarding, a collection about its exhibitions.ST PHOTOS: ALPHONSUS CHERN, ARIFFIN JAMAR, ETHOS BOOKS, KHALID BABA, NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE
National Gallery Singapore’s inaugural poet-inresidence Madeleine Lee spent eight months in the gallery and the experience has led to the publication of Regarding (above), a collection about its exhibitions.
National Gallery Singapore’s inaugural poet-inresidence Madeleine Lee spent eight months in the gallery and the experience has led to the publication of Regarding (above), a collection about its exhibitions.ST PHOTOS: ALPHONSUS CHERN, ARIFFIN JAMAR, ETHOS BOOKS, KHALID BABA, NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE
National Gallery Singapore's inaugural poet-in-residence Madeleine Lee (left) spent eight months in the gallery and the experience has led to the publication of Regarding (above), a collection about its exhibitions.
Poet Yong Shu Hoong.ST PHOTOS: ALPHONSUS CHERN, ARIFFIN JAMAR, ETHOS BOOKS, KHALID BABA, NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE

Artists who have gone on residencies at local landmarks draw on the experience for their work

Walking through poet Yong Shu Hoong's erstwhile workplace, one almost trips over a monitor lizard, which waddles, miffed, into the undergrowth.

The 52-year-old spent six months in 2017 as the resident writer of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, during which he watched migratory birds, spent a night in the reserve and penned a children's story about the huge resident crocodile dubbed "Tail-less" because of its missing appendage.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 15, 2019, with the headline 'Up close with art and nature for inspiration'. Print Edition | Subscribe