What does your work aim to say?
I am a multidisciplinary artist and my practice centers upon inventive methodologies in material alchemy which is driven by my fascination with materials’ response to gravity, light, and space. My investment in materials probes and questions the controlled and uncontrolled environment of the process which brings about the hidden and mutable properties of materials. I often employ chemical processes to bring about the transmutation of materials.
A material is more than just a material which is heavily embedded in the cycle of consumerism. My curiosity and desire to seek for new interpretations of materiality has gotten me to work with various materials at any one point in time which allows my inventive methods to result in heavily process-based works. I believe great discovery requires experimentation thus chance is also a vital part of my work which eventually plays a big part in molding my work and practice.
How does your work comment on current social and political influences?
Well, my work does not directly address/comment on those but perhaps on the materials, I choose to work with. I seem to be fascinated with materials that are not easily accessible (off the shelf), at least where I'm from (Singapore), which raises the question of regulations of accessible materials over here. This thrill that I get out of such material hunting probably drives my constant experimentation.
What are the obstacles that female artists still encounter today in regard to their art, or the fact it's made by woman?
I think we have come a long way from just being 'comparative material' alongside male artists. In general, 51% of working artists are women, however, the struggle is still apparent. An artist's voice needs to be heard as an individual rather than having the immediacy to place them under 'gender categorization' which then inevitably raises discourse. In reference to that, why should we even allow gender to affect art at all? The work ultimately should be allowed to stand on its own.
What advantages are there for being a woman in the art world?
I would like to approach this through the angle of diversity. Since this undying issue of gender inequality in the art world has been present for ages, the advantage aspect comes in handy to strike a balance, therefore, some of them (men) just don't get shows when this diversity is acted upon.
How do you feel/want to be/are perceived in the art scene?
With regards to my practice, I enjoy it when my works take the route of a universal approach, disbarring the gender aspect. It is not the utmost priority while I work but an aspect that I always consider throughout the working process. I would like my practice to be perceived as works that connect and communicate to the collective notion of a conscious being and I must admit, I consider it a privilege to be living under the same map of stars that our great woman artist had once glanced upon and ideated.