Playing With & For The Community
Genevieve Chua’s artwork “Raised as a Pack of Wolves” is currently being exhibited as part of the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2009 under the theme of Art & the Singapore Family.
The M1 Singapore Fringe Festival is an annual festival of the arts created and presented by Singaporean and international artists. Themed differently each year, the Festival aims to bring the best of contemporary, cutting-edge and socially-engaged works to the Singapore audience.
Raised as a Pack of Wolves is a visual narrative revolving around a family of youths who come together in support of each other where they fend for themselves in the wild. This new commissioned series shows their attempts to establish familial ties during the awkwardness of adolescence, as they move about together like wolves on a hunt – except their pursuit is not for a kill but for answers.
“That daring ambiguity [in Genevieve Chua’s works] is perhaps the magical dimension that we need to see in more art today.”
Genevieve Chua explores unsettling themes, like psychological horror and sexuality, through pencil on paper. Her evocative interpretations of light, texture and details invoke viewers to rethink their perceptions of violence and intimacy, and conjure new experiences.
Chua is a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Georgette Chen Scholarship and a Visual Arts representative at the ASEAN Youth Exhibition. Additionally, her work has been well-received at local venues, and abroad.
My main form of expression is drawing. However I also paint, write, and photograph. These individual aesthetic forms fuel one another in my artistic resolve. My influences include painterly photographs, drawings cropped like photographs, sculpture as installation, and photography-like sculpture. These attempts to dabble inform my personal resolution to break convention, because beyond material studies, it becomes a study of genres – to mimic the genre, and then to overcome it. I believe a combination/cross/choice of media helps the artwork to deliver a message across in a precise and desired effect. My work processes are meticulous and the end results are obsessive. The results are never an attempt to be practical, at once easy to grasp or to describe, at first sight. What is important for me is to create a new experience for another person, in a quality that is intangible, but bodily felt.
As Brutal As (Solo Exhibition)
Drawing Out Conversations
Fost Gallery, Singapore (2008)
Synopsis on Drawing Series, 2006
My works in this series are an attempt to push the boundaries of drawing as an end product of art. Identifying with the pencil as my chosen material, I am aware of its origins as a tool for sketches – preparatory works for paintings. This is my chosen point of departure, and opposition towards convention, for creating a piece of work. After the raw immediacy of the ‘sketch’, I work to ‘complete’ the drawing, meticulously and obsessively, so that it may stand as an end product in itself.