View In Room
View In Room
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions: 14.3cm (H) x 22cm (W) x 0.1cm (D) / 5.6" (H) x 8.7" (W) x 0.04" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
I was inspired by the post Impressionist work which started to capture life in cities and focused more on people and objects. There is the work of Seurat for instance. I was also inspired at least partly by Hopper and the way he signified loneliness and solitude. But I also chose my own narrative and decided to present a bold feminist statement-here we are, a group of ladies, going back after watching a film. The city is a modern, tropical one and the buildings shimmer in the distance with colour-there is optimism and hope. We walk through a preserved colonial district that points to the past but is a recreational space to be enjoyed.
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Based in: Singapore
I am a watercolour artist. My work reflects my complex heritage and background- as an immigrant, a constant traveller and an inheritor of a highly diverse cultural and ethnic legacy. My formal and professional training has taken me, as well, through metal smithing, fashion illustration and weaving.The fluidity and freedom of watercolour allow me to cross borders effortlessly and give free rein to my instincts.
My subject matter is mostly our urban life, including parks, gardens, suburban towns and travel. I like to capture sites and moments within the cityscape and then provoke the viewer. Who are these people, what are they doing, what is happening on this street and around that corner? No one is ever settled in a city and beyond and before a specific second, something is about to occur or has occurred. There are, too, hidden secrets within dense cities-exotic flowers, architectural surprises, highly creative activities.
I began with Impressionism and its’ basics inform my work. But schools are only boundaries in our minds. I have deliberately chosen a more Abstract flavour, leavened with inputs from fashion, New Wave cinema and the DC comics of our childhood. This is not a pastoral life, the one we lead-it is full of movement, tension, interrogation. We need a different way to view the world and that holds true for artists. My work speaks to and for contemporary urban life and I will continue to experiment in this space. My work has been published in The Rappahannock Review, Anatolious Magazine, 3Elements Literary Review and Paranthesis Journal(forthcoming).
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