Spotted! Mithra

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amygdala series (paper cuts)

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slutty kitty (lithography, silkscreen)

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A degree student at LASALLE, College of the Arts, visual artist Mithra was always attracted to the Japanese art style, which can be seen throughout her work.

Specialized in printmaking and papercutting, Mithra’s work shifts from the “monstrous femme” in her prints to insane details in her paper cut-outs.

About her prints: “I attempt to provoke a subtle and paradoxical sense of silent horror through my prints. My current research focuses on the feminine horror to mental health. With the intention of giving the viewer multiple interpretations of the amygdala, the act of obsessive daydreaming and “ero guro nansensu”, I attempt to challenge their morals and ethics.”

About her paper cuts: “My works have been inspired mainly by,“Tokyo Police Gore” and the manga artist, “Junji Ito”. My paper cut pieces combine both materiality and science. The process of cutting a roll of paper in a specific setting and under a 3 week time constraint. It is a open letter to my amygdala. The amygdala in my brain that controls my fears and anxieties.”

17th December by Howie Kim

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17th December
 (2016)
Oil on Canvas, 120 cm x 90 cm, Series of 3

Howie Kim graduated from LASALLE’s Diploma of Fine Arts course in 2016, and this year he joined the Degree course of Fine Arts. The paintings in his portfolio straddle the line between reality and fantasy, accentuated with a touch of gloominess. “I am part of a digital generation that has marked my childhood and influences the way I see things,” Howie explains. “Although my works are inspired by real life experiences, they are often quite the opposite of reality. Allowing my subconscious mind to take the lead in creating images of distorted figures and animals, I juxtapose them in a whimsical mysterious realm to portray sometimes disturbing narratives.”

The narrative in Howie’s 17th December series explores his experience with a personal loss. The work is packed with surreal elements which convey his emotional otherworld perfectly.

“Through the use of cryptic symbols, metaphors and representations, the series is a visual narration of my loss. Fantasy is employed as a devise of escapism, allowing me to comfortably express my thoughts, feelings and ideas. The creation of an imagined world deriving from an experience of loss is a personal journey and process which helps me understand and unravel certain aspects of myself, and at the same time expresses and evokes a mix of complex emotions.”

Contramemory by Michelle Maxine

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An art teacher and freelance illustrator working predominantly around themes of memory, loss and human idiosyncrasies, GSA Bachelor of Arts graduate Michelle Maxine caught our eye with a publication that addresses amnesia in an alternated view.

Michelle explains: “Predominantly grasped negatively, contramemory explores the topic in an otherwise unaccepted positive light. Written in an autobiographical manner through my personal life as a vehicle for story making, it takes viewers into the life of May through a recollection of trivial memories, whimsical observations and commentaries. Though wholly seemingly trivial as a harmless regurgitation of random memories, contramemory explores ergodic literature, metaphorical illustrations and writings that subtly transcend the notions of amnesia and the reality of immutable tragic aspects that contribute to one’s life.”

Fascinating!

Spotted! RIPPLE ROOT

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RIPPLE ROOT artists Liquan Liew and Estella Ng take us on a leisurely hike with their breezy, beautifully coloured illustrational representations of nature and wildlife.

“In our work is a distinct Southeast Asian ornamentation, seen in the dense, interwoven patterns that borrow from arabesque tiles and textiles. Folkloric elements, based upon naive renderings of birds and various wildlife are given a modern twist.”

RIPPLE ROOT’s work is regularly uploaded to Instagram. Follow them!

Banner Shuffle! Damien Soh aka AMIEN

“[Molt] captures the beauty of change in its most vulnerable stage, tethered in a struggle between forms in an endeavor to emerge more than what we are.” – Damien Soh.

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