Ann Ann Diana Tay

Ann Ann Diana Tay
Ann Ann Diana Tay, 2021 MCDS Doctoral Academy Fellow

Exploring embodied values in Singaporean paintings through technical examination and data analysis

Dr Nicole Tse
Prof Robyn Sloggett

School / Faculty:
Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation
Faculty of Arts

PhD Details

In building conservation knowledge on the artistic practices of mid-twentieth century artists in Singapore, limited studies on the artists, Georgette Chen (1906 – 1993) and Cheong Soo Pieng (1917—1983) proved challenging. Diana’s PhD research, the development of a structured documentation record offered evidential datasets to produce quality insights. It employed technical imaging and visual examination without a reliance on high-resolution materials analysis. By extending the data collected in this way, the evidence obtained could be explored and interrogated using data analytics and machine-learning models to uncover relationships between and within datasets. From the 67 paintings examined, insights on painting materials and techniques were uncovered through data visualization and pattern recognition.

Q & A

Why did you decide to do a PhD?
Having practiced as a paintings conservator for almost ten years before pursuing my PhD, I wanted to understand more about the paintings I was working on. Undertaking a PhD provided the research structure and enabled me to take dedicated time off to focus on the project.

What do you enjoy reading?There isn’t a particular genre that comes to mind but I do enjoy reading broadly! I do enjoy a book that encourages the reader to jump between sections, without having to read from the start to the end to gain an understanding.

What do you enjoy doing when you're not working on your PhD?
Taking time to brew coffee. I like engaging my five senses especially when the mind needs rest.

Have one fun fact about you.
I had a side hustle during the covid lockdowns selling tamales!