Mystic Island is a tongue-in-cheek illustrated journal of my interactions with spiritual people in Singapore. From numerologists, Chinese “suan ming” fortune tellers, parrot astrologers, to people who believe they are the reincarnation of stars in the cosmos, I have collected bizarre stories of their metaphysical experiences and learnt more about the forgotten myths and legends our island harbours. Spirituality is very new to me and while I do find these practices amusing, I have kept an open mind and studied them further by drawing my reactions. With this first solo show, I have decided to detach myself from these narratives to start a new chapter by selling all the works in my possession. Without intellectualising anything, the stories in these pieces have guided their form and I would like the viewer to smile or laugh along with me.
Be open to everything, attach to nothing.
– Reza Hasni