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as time passes

Crystal Sim
12.10 - 29.10.2023
Mon to Sun 11:00 – 19:00

‘Time heals all wounds’ but what does healing look like for trauma?

As time passes, trauma becomes a memory most try to forget. For some, it stays with them, in their bodies, their minds, and the way they act.

Individuals confront a part of their past as they recreate an old image symbolising that memory through embroidery. With every stitch, they move further away from their trauma, taking time to understand what had happened, its impact and how to march forward while manoeuvring through therapeutic, repetitive, and rhythmic motions of embroidery.

‘as time passes’ showcases attempts to heal by forming new perspectives as they move forward.


Based in Singapore, Crystal Sim uses imagery and textiles to portray the intangible side of mental health, a practice largely inspired by personal experience and process-led exploration.

A graduate (BFA, Photography and Digital Imaging) of the Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media, she has participated in exhibitions and festivals in Singapore, the USA, and Mainland China, and was awarded the 2020 Kwek Leng Joo Prize of Excellence in Photography.





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