‘Crossing Cultures: A Celebration of Australian-Peranakan Art’ by Jennifer Lim & Benjamin Seck opens Thursday 16 November, 2018 at True Blue Space, Singapore.Read More
Art Basel Hong Kong
You need a strong pair of legs to get through Hong Kong Art Month! I recently spent two and a half days in Hong Kong to see international art fairs Art Basel and Art Central, and did more steps than I usually do in several weeks. The yum-cha kind of balanced things out in the end though...I enjoyed seeing Art Basel with over 195 galleries showcasing 20th and 21st-century works. Installations by Australian artist Nyapanyapa Yunupingu and Japan's Shinji Ohmaki were among my favourites. It was also nice to see familiar faces at Singapore's Sullivan+Strumpf, Mizuma and STPI.
Art Central Hong Kong
Two hours were all I had to catch Art Central, so I was making the rounds pretty quickly. Lots of beautiful work to be seen in the temporary but intimate pop-up tent hall. Richard Koh, Mars Gallery and Art Atrium had some inspiring works. With over 100 galleries participating, there was definitely something for anyone looking for contemporary artwork. So glad I had the chance to visit with friends and enjoy a couple of days of Mandarin immersion!
I was delighted to be part of Affordable Art Fair Singapore Autumn 2017! Lovely to have been invited to exhibit my work and give an artists talk. Awagami Papers kindly sponsored my Japanese woodblock workshops popular with fair visitors. It was nice to also give people a demonstration so they could get an insight into the world of printmaking! Read more about upcoming workshops.
Artist talk synopsis
Australian artist Jennifer Lim shares her personal connection to Singapore and unfolds her journey of ancestral discovery through the process of printmaking and painting. A graduate of the Australian National University, Jennifer has strong ties to Japan and studied Japanese woodblock in Kyoto. Her cross cultural background and love of language continues to inform her artwork while she draws inspiration from the built and natural landscape. Jennifer will also give a short demonstration on Japanese woodblock carving and printing. Discover the beautiful marriage of watercolour pigments and 'washi' in a 400-year-old technique seen in Ukiyoe prints and beyond.
Hermes Singapore recently asked me to do some interpreting and translation work for the installation of several on-site art pieces by Japanese artist Haruka Kojin. It was a lot of fun to help and amazing to see the work unearthed from packing crates and then finally installed at the Hermes Liat Tower show window.
Titled 'Contact Lense', the installation literally uses images from nearby surroundings to create a fascinating composition of distorted and reflective bubbles of light and colour.
The acrylic disks are made up of both plain acrylic but also ones with a degree of magnification designed. In combination with mirrors, the effect is eye-catching but also somewhat unsettling.
Kojin was born in Hiroshima in 1983 and since a child was attracted to the physical space around her, and how it defines our existence.
Haruka has exhibited similar works in other countries, but each installation is carefully planned according to the existing space and conditions.
For the Hermès project, Kojin is focused on extracting a kind of beauty from everyday objects and incorporating it into fashion.
This installation can be seen until October 3, 2017 at the Hermès Liat Tower store at 541 Orchard Road. Don't forget to check out their Aloft Gallery on the 4th floor, where you can find regular exhibitions of international and local artists.
I'm honoured to be invited to represent Singapore in The World Triennial of Prints and Original Engravings in France. As one of four artists holding up the flag for the ‘red dot’, it’s been a great chance to make some new work. Chamalieres is a region famous for the paper mills used originally to produce bank notes. Some 400 artists will join from various nations with prizes for the winning participants. I'm proud to be represented by art print specialist LUDO Gallery. These prints will be available shortly for purchase.
I was pleased to see the striking artwork of Japanese artist Shinji Omaki. I've admired his work since interpreting for him during an artist talk at Singapore Art Museum Art Garden a few years ago. His installation work really brings out the best in him but these round artworks capture the essence of his vision.
Urban scenes by former Brisbane deputy mayor David Hinchliffe are evocative of contemporary life in Hong Kong, but could be almost any other busy city in the world. Having lived some five years in Tokyo, I was drawn to his colourful depictions of architecture and cityscapes.
It's been some 15 years since I was last in Hong Kong, but I found it much more enjoyable this time with some basic Mandarin under my belt. 'I want that' is always a handy phrase to know! It was a whirlwind three days and I thank my fellow artist and friend Michelle Ma for looking after me. There's nothing like hanging out with someone who really knows her way around town! Grateful to the support crew back home for letting me go away for the business of art. :)