Grace Tan is a multi-disciplinary practitioner specializing in the area of wearable and spatial structures, Tan’s experiments often blur the lines between design, art, and mathematics. Formally trained in fashion design, Tan began her art and design practice in 2003 under the kwodrent studio in which she presented a series of works based on the study of rectangles, materials, and construction methods. The series is defined and shaped by an intuitive and methodological working process where each piece of work is numbered and dated to form a chronological record of the series’ development. In recent years, her works have evolved beyond wearable fabric pieces into complex site-specific installations and spatial constructs, while retaining the core method-based working process.
Tan has been commissioned by the Singapore Art Museum, The Esplanade and the Land Transport Authority of Singapore on various projects. She has also represented Singapore at Fukutake House/Setouchi Triennale (2013) [in collaboration with The Substation], Venice Architecture Biennale (2008), London Design Week, State of Design Melbourne (2006) and Aichi World Expo (2005). Tan was awarded the distinguished President’s Design Award for Building as a Body (2012), and nominated for the President’s Young Talents (2013).