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I am lucky to have spent my formative years in a few of the now-extinct villages of Singapore. We were still using wood as fuel in 1991; four years later, commercial Internet became a reality.
In college, I majored in Human Geography and Southeast Asian Studies, and minored in Chinese Studies. A corporate job took me to London, then graduate school to Baltimore and New York, where I obtained my master’s in fine art from the School of Visual Arts.
I have moved across the world 15 times. Much of my work reflects the places I have been or am in, physically or mentally. They often contain personal stories and capture significant moments in time.
My late father was a karung guni man — growing up helping him with his trade had a deep impact on my love for found and humble materials, and how I treat them.* I see possibilities in the discarded and overlooked, and poetry in the modest, delicate, fragile, ephemeral, and flawed.
I am inspired by music, the built environment, lines, geometry, abstraction, and the written word. I am especially interested in the everyday, in being more aware, paying more attention, and becoming more mindful and present in both my practice and life.
* The karung guni man is the Singapore equivalent of the 19th century rag-and-bone man in the UK, who scavenged unwanted rags, bones, metal, and other waste from the towns and cities where they lived and sold them to merchants. In America, they are called junk men, and in many developing countries, waste pickers. Karung guni is the Malay phrase for gunny/burlap sack, which was used in the past by Singapore karung guni men to hold the used newspaper they collected for resale.