As an artist, I’ve always created pieces as a voice to raise thought-provoking questions: why do our brains function the way they do? How do our personalities differ depending on our moods? In this graphite project, I developed a series of portraits in hopes to elicit personal responses. With this goal in mind, I made my main subject my passion: psychology, typically social and self-identity.
Thus, the project became a synergy between my two passions, social psychology, and art itself. My vision is related to expressing the different impacts of life and how individuals bend or break as they grow through circumstances (this became the central premise of my work). The distortion metaphorically illustrates the massive manipulations that individuals face, which are hidden underneath a façade of an average or “sane” human.
pictures taken during june summer 2018 / SINGAPORE / MODEL: FILA & FRIENDS / all photos are taken in film / canon EOS 100QD / 40mm pancake lens 2.8 / black and white roll
pictures taken during summer 2018 / SINGAPORE / MODEL: ELLA / all photos are taken in film / canon EOS 100QD / 40mm pancake lens 2.8 / color roll
random art created for activism
This piece was created in 30 minutes in 2016 on a human back using red lipstick, mascara and crayon/liquid eyeliner in an abandoned house. The biological representation of a human heart symbolizes how innately fragile yet powerful the organ is. The Crayon eyeliner was initially used to create smooth outline edges, while the mascara applicator and liquid eyeliner felt tip were used as paint brushes to create form through shade and obscure textures. Finally, red lipstick was utilized to outline the highlights to create a warm tone despite the stark nature of the surroundings. Since this piece was drawn on a human back, when the person moved, the heart drawing bended, distorting its shape and reflecting the uniqueness that could never be replicated again. Regardless of how the environment or outside forces attempt to manipulate nature, the heart metaphorically represents our ability to transcend circumstances.
Photography credits to Nisha Khater.
a collective of random pen sketches
co-founded this iPhone case company with Vivian Ng / all sketches are originals
pictures taken during summer 2018 / INDONESIA / MODEL: FILA / all photos are taken in film / canon EOS 100QD / 40mm pancake lens 2.8 / color roll
pictures taken during july summer 2018 / INDONESIA / MODEL: FILA & FRIENDS / all photos are taken in film / canon EOS 100QD / 40mm pancake lens 2.8 / color roll
an array of pencil portraits cumulated throughout the years