Jennifer lim - Creating with culture
As a full-time artist based in Singapore, I’m inspired by travel, communication and culture. My mixed heritage and cross cultural experiences support my visual research into an increasingly interconnected world. In my prints, paintings and textile works, I explore the physical and emotional spaces that go beyond borders.
I use a variety of drawing, painting and printmaking techniques to visually bring my creative thoughts and ideas to life. In particular, I enjoy practicing traditional crafts such as Japanese woodblock, which I have studied in Kyoto. As a trained interior and building designer, I’m also fascinated by our natural and urban landscape.
I’m currently exploring my family history in Singapore and my personal connection to shophouses, temples and landmarks. Traditions, language and symbols are points of reference as I document my relationship with the local environment.
My studio is located in an old part of Singapore, and I’m learning Mandarin and Malay from my children in an attempt to speak to my neighbours! After growing up in Australia, I’m happy to be spending time living in the country where my father was born.
I graduated with a first-class honours degree in Asian Studies (Japanese)/ Visual Arts (Printmaking) from the Australian National University, Australia and trained under Australian artist Patsy Payne, Japanese printmaker Akira Kurosaki and German-Australian artist Jorg Schmeisser. As an exchange student at Kyoto Seika University, I interned at the 400-year-old Kyo Karakami paper-printing workshop. I also worked as a translator for over five years in Okinawa and Tokyo.
2009 Diploma of Building Design, Southbank Institute of Technology, Australia
2007 Residential Interior Technology, Certificate IV, Southbank Institute of Technology, Australia
2000 Bachelor of Asian Studies (Japanese)/ Visual Arts (Printmaking) First Class Honours, Australian National University, Australia
1998 Australian National University Year-In-Japan Program to Kyoto Seika Art University
1993 American Field Service (AFS) International Exchange Student
EXHIBITIONS - SOLO
2017 'Singapore Heritage Collection', Peranakan Tiles Gallery, Singapore
2015 ‘Balik Rumah - Let’s Head Home’, LUDO Gallery, Singapore
2015 ‘Jennifer Lim - Works on Paper’, Hollandse Club, Singapore
EXHIBITIONS - GROUP
2017 'Singapore Heritage Collection', W. Atelier, Singapore
2017 10th Anniversary Triennial of Chamalieres, France
2015 Awagami Miniprint International Exhibition, Japan
2014 ‘Synergy’, Woolfworks, Singapore
2014 100th Feature Exhibition, Affordable Art Fair May, Singapore
2000 Graduating Exhibition, Canberra School of Art, Australia
2015 Represented by LUDO Gallery, Affordable Art Fair Spring, Singapore
1998 Recipient of University Mobility in the Asia Pacific (UMAP) grant for Australian National University Year-In-Japan Program, 1998
1995 Australian National University Bruce Hall Photography Competition, 1st Prize
1995 25th Annual Canberra Japanese Language Speech Contest, 1st Prize
2016 Peranakan Design: Modern Heritage, presentation, Singapore Design Week
2015 Guest Instructor, PressPlay art program, National Library of Singapore 2015 Guest Instructor, Arts After Noon, National Library of Singapore
2015 Guest Speaker, Peranakan Arts Festival, Singapore
2012- 2014 Volunteer Museum Docent, The Peranakan Museum, Singapore
1998 Summer Intern, Kyo Karakami Japanese Woodblock Studio, Japan
2015 - present Private printmaking workshops for individual and corporate clients
2016 Guest Instructor, Peranakan Museum Singpaore
2016 Guest Instructor, Silver Arts Programme, National Arts Council
2016 Guest Instructor, National Gallery Singapore
2016 Guest Instructor, Faculty of Design, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore
2015 Guest Instructor, PressPlay art program, National Library of Singapore
2015 Guest Instructor, Arts After Noon, National Library of Singapore
2012 English Language Teacher EF Education First
2010 - 2011 Mercury Design, Australia Interior Design & Drafting Technician
2000-2006 Professional editor, interpreter & translator for organisations including the US Embassy in Tokyo, Australian Embassy in Tokyo and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.