Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), 2010, International Baccalaureate
Singapore was once a British colony. As a Chinese, I have an inheritance of years of tradition and ritual. This I hold close to me. Singaporean Chinese, most of them once coolies under British rule, believe that the harder you work, the greater the reward. This belief remains prevalent in modern Singapore. I was also taught two other sayings: 做人要腳踏實地 (be realistic) and 望子成龍，望女成風 (all parents expect their children to excel). Many Singaporean Chinese expect their children to either rise to prominence or become a professional to bring honor to the family.
I am concerned with the desires of the children who are pressured to do something they dislike in order to fulfill the desires of their parents. I focused on what had been lost, struggling to see the purpose and goodness of this form of parenting.
The past 2 years have been meaningful, full of experimentation with new techniques like print transfer, pastels with linseed oil and drips. Emboldened by a new creative freedom, I have challenged myself by working in a greater scale then I’ve ever worked before. I learned to incorporate the texture of old, weather-beaten plywood, using washes and drips to juxtapose realism and 3D media. All this while, I have focused on my struggle to marry what is asked of me and what I want to do in life, drawing inspiration from my Chinese heritage and utilizing Hades as my context. By the end of this journey, I have made use of various artistic media like oil, pastels, charcoal and prints and injected elements of abstract expressionism into my style of impressionistic realism. As I find my influences from Cezanne to Jackson Pollock, I have achieved thematic reconciliation.
About the artist
Chloe had spent her whole life in Asia and had recently completed her education in Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), Singapore. Currently, she is awaiting her academic results for the International Baccalaureate and aims to enter university as an Art History major.
Only eighteen years old, Chloe is a promising artist who will make an impact in Singapore's art with her unusual imagery that is heavily influenced by her primarily traditional family background. Like many local Chinese artists, she has found an affinity with Impressionism and will likely continue to explore this form of painting.