Banner Shuffle! Samuel Lee

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This month’s banner is an illustration by Samuel Lee from the Fireflies exhibition back in July.

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Spotted! Cheryl Kook

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Cheryl Kook‘s vibrant illustrations channel the fun and zest of her travel and food adventures.

“What I do is mostly driven by one thought: “Make the work I want to see in the world”, says the Illustrator and Visual Development Artist. “Being lucky enough to travel to new places, have food adventures and experience different perspectives, I’m never bored and I try to reflect that enthusiasm into colors and shapes in my illustrations. Most of all, I believe in having fun in everything I do!”

Cheryl also creates some lovely goodies including books, bags, patches and pins. Check them out!

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Spotted! Nuridah Binte Rostam

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Nuridah Binte Rostam is a conceptual artist who conveys positive conversations through her art.

“My artistic influence, themes and concepts are drawn from my continuous battle with thyroid cancer that has plagued me physically, emotionally and spiritually. I see art as a healing platform to open and discuss my flaws and fears to the outside world.”

Nuridah’s work has been showcased at One East Asia and 81, Joo Chiat Road – with an upcoming show in December.

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Spotted! Jessica Chan

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“My practice revolves around the exploration of how the mind retains mental images and how those images can be expressed into a new image through the medium of painting,” says Jessica Chan. A final year student of LASALLE’s BA(Hons) Fine Arts course, Jessica is interested in the idea of imagery in relation to memory and painting as a form of reproduction of mental images. She is also fascinated with artists who are able to fuse and bridge the past and the present together through their art.

“My current practice stems from a very specific and personal memory from my own childhood back in Canada where I reflect on experiences of what growing up with an abusive mother was like. This history of mine has informed much of my prior works as well, with notions of nostalgia and children playing a consistent role throughout my portfolio.

We live in such a busy world and it is so easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of it all. It is so crucial in these times to learn how to take a step back and reflect because reflection is the only way to turn experiences into wisdom and insight in life. You win some and you learn some. You never lose if you learn.

In regards to painterly aesthetics, I am very interested and drawn to the way paint maneuvers around the canvas to create contrast – not just in shades (dark/light), but contrast in depth such as the solid versus the transparent, as well as in the contrast between chance and control that is expressed through the fast and slow brush movements. The deliberate depth, gradient, and contrast that I choose to create in my works to me act as a statement about memory and how time shifts our mental imagery of things to varying levels of clarity – the blur versus the detailed.

Zhang Enli is one of my greatest artist inspirations and his perception on art parallels my own understanding about art to a very close measure. In one interview he states that, “Most people like extraordinary things, but they are not important… The spectacular things might attract you, yet the truths we are really looking for are always hiding behind those [commonplace objects].” I believe that the greatest thing art can do for you is not give you understanding about a subject, but that it reveals to you a deeper understanding about something in your own life; art that is open to interpretation and encourages questions and thinking. As an artist I strive to achieve this level of transparency and reflection in my work and will continue to make paintings that attempt to express this concept.”

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Listen! Jasmine Sokko drops No EP

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Jasmine Sokko just dropped her No EP on Spotify and iTunes, and upon first listen, it sounds excellent.

Jasmine will be launching her EP this Saturday, 5pm at the 4Fingers X EATMEPOPTART Presents: LOCALMOTION festival. Free admission via registration.

(from the press release)

The 5-track body of work No EP (pronounced as Number EP) bookmarks Jasmine Sokko’s journey since her debut single ‘1057’ in September 2016. The singer-producer has been hard at work throughout the year, polishing up the freshman project. Featuring previous single releases such as, ‘Porcupine’, ‘H2O’ and her breakout hit ‘1057’, the album includes the emotive ‘2D’ and new single ‘600D’ – an electro-pop number.

Jasmine Sokko talks about the release, “The No Extended Play constructs an identity through an episodic opposition to the structured and regulated society. It discusses an identity that is in conflict with the mainstream community but attempts to act in accordance with the majority through concealment of the true self. Each song represents different kinds of grief for the out-of-place identity.

Given that many aspects of the society are dictated by numbers; the extended play utilizes numeric to label song titles. This recurring theme transcends cultural barriers since numbers are arguably the most universal language. The term ‘No’ encapsulates the rebellious nature of the identity aforementioned. At the same time, functions as double entendre, representing the short form of the term ‘number’. ”

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