Friday, March 13, 2009

Noise Singapore 2009 Artist of the Day: Lee Shuxian

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Imagine pandas reciting haikus, twirling paw for paw in ballet shoes to the tunes of the Beatles. Welcome to the fantastical world of fine art painter Lee Shuxian, my Noise Singapore 2009 Artist of the Day!

Currently studying film in her 3rd year at NTU Art, Design and Media, Shuxian has already showcased her works in sizeable art exhibitions at prominent venues like *Scape Youth Park and Ngee Ann City. She has also co-organized and exhibited in a group event entitled “Will You Be So Close” at Chinatown’s Forth Gallery in April 2008. While not painting or making films, she plays bass for her band, The Lentor Incident.

Shuxian’s creations run like the thoughts of a full-time daydreamer, and curl up like a cat on a rainy afternoon. She is heavily inspired by artists such as Gustav Klimt, Jenny Saville and Audrey Kawasaki; and it shows. Yet every piece of work which jumps out of her imagination evokes a quality that is all her own.

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Preferring oil portraits of female subjects, Shuxian buries an untold story behind every canvas. Each character seems to leave the trace of a faint smell, a trailing whisper or the cautious caress of warm skin. It is awkward. It almost feels like you are laying eyes upon a stranger’s most vulnerable, most intimate moments. They stare right back at you, their gazes piercing, making you feel guilty and intrigued at the same time. Check out Shuxian's work here, here and here.

The Noise Singapore Festival Showcase is now on till 29 March at LevelOne@Far East Plaza. Don't forget to check it out!

Previously:
Noise Singapore 2009 Artist of the Day: Zhou
Noise Singapore 2009 Artist of the Day: Hafi
Noise Singapore 2009 Artist of the Day: Random Sunday
Launch of Noise Singapore Festival Showcase

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