2016

Donna Chiu
Somewhere Only I Know


Somewhere Only I Know is a visual journey of my life, it is a representation of the emotion and inexpressible feelings of my mind, in somewhere that only I can find and dwell. The poem, created by my friend and fellow artist Charmaine Poh, sums up what I would like to convey in this series:

Somewhere only I know,
Beyond the pages of a bedtime story,
Your early breakfast,
Our wedding rings.

My girth is widened
By years and motherhood
Years of motherhood.
I run my roughened palms
On my stomach, and upwards
The nerves of my neck
Holding up worlds
I never imagined
As a child.

I drifted
Along the coast
To here,
Where I wake up each day
To the hum of your patience
Steadfast, this rope
Holding me over places lived
And to the promises
We said we would
Keep close.

But cast far out
Are the rest of them
Father, mother, sister-
Place a finger on the spinning globe
That I cannot catch
And in our living rooms
There are oceans between us
That my bridge cannot reach
And it is not merely
Beyond grasp.

The sands slip through
My hands can only
Hold so many
I dream-ache, shake
Off a thought
As my head weighs down
Lie low, hushed still
For the next daybreak.

About The Artist
Donna Chiu (b. 1969, Hong Kong/Singapore) moved to Singapore twenty years ago. It was then when she picked up the camera for the first time. Initially photography started as a medium to preserve a fleeting moment in time. As for self-expression, the camera allowed her to connect to the world and convey her thoughts and ideas through pictures.

Chiu is a member of a local photography collective 5iveFootWay, and was selected as a featured photographer in a local photography project +50 by Platform. Her work has been exhibited and published in Singapore.