In conjunction with the launch of The Art of Being a Grandmother: An Incomplete Diary of Becoming, several of of Dana Lam’s original artworks featured in the book are available for sale. Dana is generously donating all proceeds to Checkpoint Theatre, as part of our fundraising efforts to continue championing Singapore voices and stories that matter. Please click here to view the full catalogue.
“We obsess about who they look like – the papa, the mama, a cousin, one or other of grandparents.
Mostly, they look like each other. Or like bugs. Or burritos.”
What does it truly mean to be a grandparent — to care for and nurture young life as you look back on your own, and experience the world afresh through their eyes?
The Art of Being a Grandmother: An Incomplete Diary of Becoming is an honest and heartfelt exploration of self — as a mother, grandmother, visual artist and writer. Following her acclaimed autobiographical play, Still Life (2019) with Checkpoint Theatre, Dana Lam invites you into her world as she chronicles the process of becoming a grandparent through her art and writings. The careful interweaving of candid, meditative journal entries with stunning watercolour and ink renderings of scenes of her daily life deftly captures the unique pleasures and challenges of grandparenthood. Poignant, tender, and funny all at once, this volume will delight readers of all ages with its warmth and wonder.
“Being a mother is, arguably, a choice.
Being a grandmother is a decision made for you by someone else.”
A 200-page visual journal by Dana Lam; edited by Huzir Sulaiman, with curation, design and layout by Marc Gabriel Loh.
These entries are animated by a generous spread of Lam's billowy illustrations, which evoke the softness of memory. Many are steeped in a gorgeous royal blue ink that is versatile, shifting easily from the blue of a labour ward to the blue outlines of her dancing grandchildren.The Straits Times