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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.


Artist Bio

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.


EDUCATION

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

ART FAIRS

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

AWARDS

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

PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT

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.