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meet the maker

“I help people enjoy a genuine connection connection to culture. My passion is telling stories of our relationship to emotional and geographical spaces, and I use language and the landscape as my inspiration. As a person of mixed heritage, I view my artwork as a visual expression of my cross-cultural experiences.

My artworks are created using both traditional materials and modern technology. I particularly enjoy working with the tactile medium of Japanese woodblock printing, which I first learnt as an exchange student at Kyoto Seika University. With a background in architecture, my work also often incorporates elements of design and structure.

I’ve recently launched a project to showcase Singapore’s vintage tile history and the rich mosaic of traditional Chinese culture, foreign influences and local aesthetics. In 2020, I’ll release a full-colour book with over 200 examples from shophouses, temples and commemorative spaces of personal and collective importance.

For over five years, my studio has been based in one of the oldest housing estates in Singapore. It’s given me a wonderful chance to learn more about my Hokkien, Peranakan and Eurasian ancestry, and connect with local rituals and practices”

Jennifer Lim


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 Kira Karacho paper-printing workshop. I also worked as a translator for over five years in Okinawa and Tokyo.


EDUCATION

2018 Artist-in-Residence, Mi-Lab Advanced Japanese Woodblock Residency, Japan

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

interests

2016  Peranakan Design: Modern Heritage, presentation, Singapore Design Week

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

2018 Guest Instructor, NUS-Yale, Singapore

2016 Guest Instructor, Peranakan Museum Singapore

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.