20 Young Female Artists Who Are Shaking Up Singapore's Art Scene
Whoever said that Singapore doesn't have any culture obviously hasn't taken a look at its art scene.
Singapore gets a bad rap for favouring financial and academic success over culture, but just a cursory glance at the local art scene would be enough to see that the island nation's creatives — including its local Singapore female artists — are thriving.
Here are some young local Singapore female artists who are making their marks.
1. Rachele Ho (@___rachele)
Fascinated by people and the complexity of cultural identity, Rachele's work is made up of mostly digitally painted portraits. She currently works as a freelance visual artist and graphic designer.
2. Marina A (@mrn.a)
Influenced by astrophysics and dreams, Marina's works are often physical manifestations of emotions she wants to portray. Her paintings are based on personal stories, often including images of serpents and females.
3. Izziyana Suhaimi (@izziyanasuhaimi)
Fibre artist Izziyana works with hand embroidery and weaving to explore themes revolving around the passage of time.
4. Yanyun Chen (@yanyunchendrawings)
Working primarily with charcoals, Yanyun's works are responses to fictional and philosophical writing, as well as aesthetic traditions and techniques. She teaches drawing at Yale-NUS College, National University of Singapore.
5. Cynthia Delaney Suwito (@cynthiadsuwito)
Born in Indonesia, Cynthia gets inspiration from her life in Singapore, creating installations from the mundanities of the everyday life. She uses a variety of materials to create her installations, including cartridge paper, clocks, and even instant noodles.
6. Vernice Tan (@kiripaca/@pacamerch)
Vernice is obsessed with alpacas, and with Paca Merch, makes it her mission to "spread the love of alpacas". Her works take inspiration from Japanese imagery, food, and fashion.
7. Tan Zi Xi (@messymsxi)
While studying in London, Tan Zi Xi came up with the nickname MessyMsxi because her friends at Central Saint Martins couldn't pronounce her Chinese name. The name also alludes to her belief that creativity is inherently messy, and her works come from spontaneous inspiration.
8. Teresa Lim (@teeteeheehee)
After studying Fashion Design and Textiles in Lasalle College of the Arts, Teresa went on to showcase her works in Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Japan. Her works fuse illustration, embroidery, and surface pattern design, seeking to blur the lines between illustration and textil design.
9. Leow Wei Li (@wlilwl)
Wei Li explores the allure of paint and the physicality of sound in her works. She also partners with her husband Dominic Khoo to create installations under the name sobandwine.
10. Tiffany Lovage (@lovage)
A fine arts graduate from Lasalle-Goldsmiths, Tiffany is drawn to botany, anatomy, and whimsy. When she's not working on paper or a wall, she experiments with alternative canvases — like skin.
11. Ashley Yeo (@ykashley)
Ashley studied art in Singapore and London, and took up residencies in Beijing, the Arctic Circle, New York, Los Angeles, Vermont, and North Carolina. Her works are characterised by incredible attention to detail and muted colours.
She was recently shortlisted for the €50,000 (S$81,090) Loewe Craft Prize 2018 — the first time a Singaporean has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious prize.
12. Sam Lo (@skl0_)
Dubbed the "Sticker Lady" for pasting stickers in public spaces, Sam became a household name in 2012 when she was arrested for spraypainting "My Grandfather Road" on Maxwell Road and Robinson Road in 2012. She founded the online magazine RCGNTN and Project XIV creative management group.
13. Kelly Lim (@kllylmrck)
Self-proclaimed "Crochet Fairy" Kelly Lim (or Kelly Limerick, as she is more commonly known) first picked up crocheting when she was 7, then taught herself to knit soon after. Now, she creates one-of-a-kind designs that toe the line between cute and grotesque.
14. Grace Ciao (@grace_ciao)
A fashion illustrator, Grace is known for her using flowers in her art. She enjoys drawing haute couture gowns for their elegance and understated luxury.
15. Kimberly Tan (@ultraaviolets)
Kimberly's vivid and zany illustrations are instantly recognisable. She used to simply use Instagram to post her illustrations under the moniker UltraaViolets, but after people started asking for stickers, she has started selling merch as well.
16. Lucinda Law (@lucinda.law)
A botanical watercolour artist, Lucinda LawBotanical watercolour artist LucinBrand ambassador of Faber Castell Singapore and Diptyque.
17. See Min Ng (@henn.drawn)
Singapore's first ever jagua tattoo artist, See Min first worked with henna, but transitioned to jagua after discovering that it more closely resembles real tattoos. Her Instagram page Henndrawn has almost 15,000 followers, and gets around 50 to 70 bookings a month.
18. Zen Teh (@zen.teh)
Zen's works explore man's relationship with the natural world. Her works have been showcased all over the world, and has been invited to speak at regional environmental conferences.
19. Cassandra Koh (@chemicalclay)
Using pastel and neon colours, Cassandra's works contemplate contemporary Singapore identity by exploring the stereotypes of Generation Y in her work. Her works are fantastical but rooted in very real social concerns, most especially those about identity.
20. Lydia Yang (@oakandbindi)
Lydia has worked on projects for several brands to produce illustrations and has painted murals in offices and festivals all over the world. In 2017, she launched her own brand called Die Hard Lover, which produces tees and graphic merch. She is a co-founder of the creative collective Tell Your Children.