The founder of Singapore’s seminal The Artist Village, Tang Da Wu is known for using performance, installation, painting and drawing, to explore social and environment themes. The Quest of Sorceress Li 《荔仙姑之尋尋覓覓》is a work from Tang’s series based on Singapore’s pioneering artist, this particular painting commemorates Georgette Chen, one of the darlings of the Nanyang Art Movement. The title bestows Chen with mystical powers, Li or荔 is the first word in Georgette’s Chinese name 荔英. Tang’s prowess and ability to “perform” even in the very act of painting is evident in this monumental work – the scale and suspended ink marks show the artist’s actions as he commits his whole body and spirit into each brushwork. While this very approach to painting is rooted in the core philosophies of traditional Chinese calligraphy, the abstracted forms and dramatic sense of movement marks a daring experimentation with Abstract Expressionism, performance art and the medium itself. A rare departure from Tang’s monochrome ink works, the intense red and glistening gold pigment applied here, renders a joyous ode to Georgette Chen’s artistic pursuits.