Lives and Works: Singapore
Mark Ong and Sue-Anne Lim are Mr and Mrs Sabotage – the dynamic husband-and-wife duo behind SBTG. An amalgamation of influences, SBTG’s works is a bricolage of punk rock and metal music, skateboarding, 80s America, military motifs and B-grade horror movies. These themes strongly resonate with those who grew up immersed in the subcultures of the 1980s.The appropriation of military motifs in particular, like those of nose art, tigerstripe camouflage and the American flag, harks to punk’s subversion of the establishment. Yet, such narrow delineation is complicated by Mark’s own dedicated service with the Singapore Armed Forces where he where he developed an interest in texture, camouflage and the masculine persona.
SBTG’s artistic practice is one infused with moral courage; living by the punk and skateboarding tenet of having the freedom to be what they
want, they pursued a path in visual arts independently, relying on discipline, hard work and DIY entrepreneurialism.
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