A wonderful feeling to have recently completed my second recent solo show Crossing Cultures in Singapore. I enjoyed connecting to new and old friends who have supported my exploration of Peranakan heritage and local culture.
In my Singapore Heritage Tile Art Collection, I interpreted traditional architecture elements into a tale of contemporary design, and showed handcrafted woodblock prints from my recent art residency in Japan.
It was fun to conduct sessions of live printing from my temporary workbench at the cafe as well! Audiences saw the process behind my woodblock prints and heard snippets of my seven-year journey to uncover my family history. I also chatted about my recent art residency near Mt. Fuji as part of the Japanese woodblock MI-LAB AIR program.
It was a fantastic opening of my show with a full shophouse! I was blessed to be surrounded by friends, family and clients. Baba John Teo, General Manager of the Peranakan Museum & Deputy Director, Policy and Planning at Asian Civilisations Museum, kindly opened the show. Award-winning chef & designer Benjamin Seck amazed all with his delicious Peranakan canapés, floral arrangements and hand-made sarong kebaya.
The show was a collection of my artwork inspired by personal links to Singapore, and natural and man-made surroundings. I was pleased to present new additions to my Singapore Heritage Tile range, including Baba Nyonya Love Story. I created this artwork based on the tales of young suitors coming to the front entrance area of a traditional Peranakan shophouse. From behind the dividing timber screen, giggling girls would watch the discussions between their father and the matchmaker.
Since discovering that my great grandfather grew up in a shophouse on Club Street, I’ve been interested in learning more about the history and architecture behind these grand ladies. Lovely to have esteemed author Julian Davidson join the special evening. Looking forward to his new book!
It takes a village to raise a child, let alone an artist! Thankful for support from the founder of Business Women Network Michelle Mcfarlane and other members. This fantastic group of ladies offered me advice and strength. Other supporters included Elaine Friedlander of Professional Art Network Singapore NUWA, and Suzi Dafinis of HerBusiness.
A Visual Arts graduate of the Australian National University, Jennifer's background includes architecture, fashion and Japanese translation. In Singapore, Jennifer can often be found in the undergrowth of Bukit Brown Cemetery, exploring historical spots and practicing her kindergarten-level Chinese with her HDB neighbours!
Jennifer helps people enjoy a lasting connection to Singapore through her distinctive prints and paintings inspired by history and heritage. Her clients include the Singapore Foreign Ministry and Tolman Gallery Tokyo.