Lives and Works: Singapore
Grace Tan (b. 1979, Malaysia) is a multi-disciplinary artist whose works often blur the lines between design and art. Formally trained in fashion design, Tan began her art and design practice in 2003 under the kwodrent studio in which she presented a series of works based on the study of rectangles, materials, and construction methods. The series is defined and shaped by an intuitive and methodological working process where each piece of work is numbered and dated to form a chronological record of the series' development. In recent years, her works have evolved beyond wearable fabric pieces into complex site specific installations and spatial constructs, while retaining the core method-based working process.
Tan has been commissioned by the Singapore Art Museum, The Esplanade and the Land Transport Authority of Singapore. She has also represented Singapore at Singapore Biennale 2013, Fukutake House/Setouchi Triennale 2013 (in collaboration with The Substation), Aichi World Expo 2005, Venice Architecture Biennale 2008, London Design Week 2006 and State of Design Melbourne 2008-2010. In 2012, Tan was awarded the distinguished President's Design Award for Building as a Body and in 2013, she was conferred the Young Artist Award and nominated for the President's Young Talents Award.
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