Lives and Works: Sydney
“… Victor demonstrates the responsibility of art to fathom the depths of human experience through image and material; her works reinvigorate and re-enchant the aesthetic experience. Victor shows that the power of beauty is an intellectual instrument. She reclaims the universal realm of the artistic imagination whilst wielding the critical instrumentality of a socio-politically sensitized, theoretical approach, examining questions of the body in relation to power, the role of architecture, and the ontological status of art itself.” –Susie Lingham, Director, Singapore Art Museum
From her early practice in the late 1980s as an award-winning abstract painter in Singapore to participating in the broader international circuit with major shows including the 6th Havana Biennale, 2nd Asia-Pacific Triennial at Queensland Art Gallery, the 5th Seoul International Media Art Biennale and the 49th Venice Biennale where she became Singapore’s first female representative – Suzann Victor’s prolific journey spans across 22 years. Sydney-based Victor continues to be a formidable force in the region, having recently participated in the 2013 Singapore Biennale with artwork Rainbow Circle installed in the rotunda of the National Museum of Singapore. Before pursuing her Bachelors, Masters and PhD in Visual Arts on a research scholarship at the University of Western Sydney, she earned a Diploma in Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts and was a founder and artistic director of 5th Passage, which sought to provide a community-based platform for art students and emerging artists in Singapore. Notable installations and public art works include the swinging chandeliers Contours of a Rich Manoeuvre (2006) installed above the bridge linking the old colonial building and the modern addition at the National Museum of Singapore; Dusted by Rich Manoeuvre 2001 at Schola di Santa Apollonia, Venice; Third World Extra Virgin Dreams (1997) at the 6th Havana Biennale; the light-responsive stainless steel public sculpture Skin to Skin (2005) on display at World Square, Sydney; the seven foot-long Panoramic Matrix on display in the lobby of Meritus Mandarin, Singapore and His Mother is a Theatre (1994) installed at 5th Passage, Pacific Plaza. Her works are part of corporate and public collections including Gallery Hyundai, Seoul; National Museum of Singapore; Singapore Art Museum; Australian High Commission, Singapore and Ernst & Young, Singapore. In addition to this solo exhibition at STPI, the artist also has a number of public commissions as well as an upcoming retrospective at the Singapore Art Museum under her belt.
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