The two artists are most visibly joined by their interest in materials and the process of their manipulation, whether it’s in two- or three-dimensional realms. Nina Chua can be said to work primarily on paper but her pieces are not strictly drawings. Mark-making is her modus operandi, with layers upon layers of abstract marks on paper that is later folded, shaped, crumpled and torn, mildly crossing over into sculpture.
Daniel Silver currently works primarily in clay, producing sculptures of figures and faces in bold colours, as well as more abstract “totems” and vessels. Both artists emphasise the artist’s hand in the making of the work, a visual manifestation of a gesture and one that calls on the long history of humans leaving behind marks made with their hands. Regardless of its subject matter and differing focus on (non-)figurative motifs, Chua and Silver channel the pure, unfiltered energy that comes with the aim of creating and leaving traces and marking their presence with that which comes from under their fingertips.