Photography & Digital Imaging – Liu Ying

It Can Be Better

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Project Description

It Can Be Better meditates on a household’s observed living habits that seek perfection, yet carrying potential to backfire.

The series depicts intentions which result in rigid control on everyday items and spaces. To achieve the ideal order or hygiene, a pursuit of immaculateness is undertaken. However, these behaviours render the subjects’ original purpose counterproductive, absurd or even useless. The fruitless outcome is ironical to the initial wishes of attaining a pristine state.

The paradox presented in the photos is, hence, a conception of humans’ obsessive need to dominate their living environment and the unforeseen consequences that follow.

Project Type



23.39″ X 33.11”


Archival inkjet prints


Liu Ying (b. 1990, Singapore) is interested in the human condition. Photography is her approach to contemplate the sights and stories around her. She believes that a photograph can be, and should be, introspective for both the photographer and the viewer.

She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in Photography and Digital Imaging at School of Art, Design and Media in Nanyang Technological University. Her works have been exhibited at Noise Singapore The Apprenticeship Programme (2013) and Pingyao Photo Festival (2014).

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