Acrylic on canvas, onsite mural

The Tortoise
& the Hare

The Tortoise & the Hare is a reimagination of the classic fable, a famous folktale about trickery, arrogance and patience. The Tortoise & the Hare is one example where stories live through the test of time, regardless of their origins, playing a crucial role in building an intrinsic understanding of our world.

Retold in different cultures and languages, Mithra’s introduction of the fable was first narrated by her grandmother. In its notion of “slow and steady wins the race”, the meaning evolves alongside Mithra as a reader of the story, coinciding with the playful, darker illustration as seen in the paintings.

Although known as a tale for children, Mithra’s emphasis of this story is in questioning its relevance as an adult. Illustrating this conundrum of being stuck in a childlike landscape, the hopeful element of the fable does not necessarily compute with the experiences of being an adult in our fast-paced world.

Mithra Jeevananthan, The Tortoise & the Hare, 2021, acrylic on canvas, onsite mural. Between the Living and the Archive, 9 – 28 March 2021, installation view. Photography by Ruey Loon

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