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Lai Huiwen

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Lai Huiwen

Hometown: Singapore

Lives and Works: Singapore

 

Prior to her studies in NAFA, Huiwen graduated from Singapore Polytechnic with a Diploma in Landscape Architecture. Her interest in landscaping led her to explore landscapes and still life as motifs in her artistic practice. Just as in landscaping, which requires a harmony of disparate elements to form a cohesive and soothing environment, visual aesthetics play an important part in her creative process. This has led to a self-examination of visual perception and aesthetics during her degree studies Oil paint and watercolour media figure strongly in her works due to her interest in painting although her work process has since evolved to incorporate unconventional media.

“The prince and her got married and they lived happily ever after...”
Huiwen’s investigation of visual aesthetics has led her to question the paradigm of beauty and societal norms that govern the definitions of this elusive quality. Through the lens of the mass media, being beautiful has become synonymous with being successful in life; achieving the ideal body image would be the ultimate dream come true. This has sparked a lifetime pursuit for many in attaining the ideal beauty. Coupled with technological advancement in cosmetics and body modification processes, this message is reinforced, fairy-tale endings could be made real, if one is willing to subject himself to a battery of physical modifications. Through her work, Huiwen questions these fairy-tale-like transformations, where idealized Barbie and Ken doll appearances are duplicated in real life, and whether achieving these ‘beautiful’ facades is really the fairy-tale ending the mass media has made it all out to be.

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