A graduate from the School of Art, Design and Media at the Nanyang Technological University, Trivia Goh creates works that are primarily produced in charcoal. “It brings out a formal tone in my portraiture of the imaginary. I use watercolour and ink as well for quick thumb-nailing and drafts.”
Trivia’s works tend towards “the whimsical, often portraying otherworldly characters and beings as if to document them having had a place in my casual daydreaming world,” she tells Culturepush. Her work certainly taps into the world of imaginary creatures and bizarre stories within Kärsämäki’s Secret II, a series that began in a little Finnish town in March 2016.
“Following my return to Singapore, I expanded the collection to include watercolour works of these oddities in their otherworlds. The idea was to contrast the works created in a foreign land against the ones created back home to show how the environment and the experience of it affects the outcome. Each piece offers the audience a little slice of narrative that paints the trivialities in my life.”
Her series titled Of All Things I Choose to See is about “urban spaces that are often overlooked or may not be immediately registered – such as liminal spaces – are revisited, and reformed to be experienced with more care and observance. To reconnect with a physical space that is so alien yet familiar at the same time. A space that many pass but never linger. Its presence slowly reduced with every passing, to nothing but an echo, so subtle. Living on quietly, in the back of your mind.”
Ying Ying is a Fine Arts graduate from LASALLE, and her practice mainly builds around her encounters and fascination of the undefined spaces of the urban environment. “I seek to reconcile with these spaces, spending time at these places and reforming them through my works.”
More amazing work on Ying Ying’s website. Check it out!
Visual Artist Aida – aka Yellow Mushmellow – and architectural graduate Frederick Low have collaborated on a self-published art book titled The Never-Ending Search for the Edge of the Universe. The book, launching on 17 March, is a collection of comic-style illustrations, accompanied by poetic musings about the Universe.
“The book follows a spaceman’s adventures on a never-ending search. It uses fantastical imagery inspired by the ‘experiences of the Universe’ to articulate introspective and very personal themes such as the complexities of human emotion (“very much like the incomprehensible nature of space, the heart travels to places the mind cannot fathom”). As the spaceman navigates his way through the vast expanse of the Universe, coming to terms with its twists and bumps or even grappling with the possible futility of his explorations, the audience is also brought on his own journey of self-discovery, making his experience with the book a personal, or even cathartic, one.”
For Aida, the decision to embark on this project follows the questions and the infinite “what’s-next?-ness” that she and Frederick were confronted with while dealing with a tragic experience. “As an artist, a lot of my ideas draw from everyday encounters — whether unfortunate, delightful or even mundane — and the drawings in the book are expressions that stem from a desperate attempt at making sense of the workings of the Universe, forces way beyond our mind’s grasp. I’ve always believed that art and poetry are a dreamer’s coping mechanism for the perplexing realities of life, and I hope that its universality and human-ness can be appreciated in a society like Singapore that prides itself on pragmatism.”
The book launches the week of 17 March 2017 online and in selected bookstores.
On her website, Kayleigh Goh posted that she is interested in the psychological and poetic implication of place, a specific locale or environment that has a character on its own. “Looking at how places constitute different experiences and evoke different emotions, I am informed by my everyday experiences of everyday places,” she writes. “With outputting the collected information into my paintings, I turn the intangible into tangible. I see my artworks as capsules of these experiences. With everyday construction materials as my paint and canvas, alongside my soft palette, my works often speak more about the quiet places.”
Clicking on the Artworks tab on her site takes you to 3 projects. Here, Kayleigh tells us about Lost in the Midst of Time, an installation that presents the viewer with her experience and perception of the older buildings tucked within an overwhelming city environment.
“These quiet, slow-paced spaces are slowly left behind by time. Visually inspired by the cracks and peeling paint around Waterloo Centre, this painting installation incorporates construction materials and debris as both canvas and paint. Adopting the language of aging architecture, combined with a soft palette, I contemplate the impermanence of the structures around us.”