Singapore Contemporary Young Artists

Playing With & For The Community

Invitation to “Gnothi Seauton” – Know thyself exhibition

Dear Friends,

Gong Hei Fatt Choy to all!

Hope the new year will bring happiness, wealth and prosperity to all.

This thursday there will be an exhibition at the Substation from 10 Feb to 15 Feb only, 630pm onwards (pls ignore dates on the edm).

It is a group show not organised by SCYA but in which I am participating in.

Hope to see you there on 10th Feb, Thursday 630pm onwards at Substation Gallery.

Attached is a sample of my work and synopsis:

Title: I am an Observer
Medium: Photography and Design
Size: 18 cm by 18cm on Paper, 12cm by 12cm on Sticker (stickers for sale, $12 for a pack of 10, $1.50 per piece)
Year: 2011

I have been an observer, secretly weaving through time and space, into memories and reality, encountering the horrors and beauty of mankind, constantly adjusting my perception and expectations of a monotonous society that challenges my growth and development of the self.


‘Art, to me is about infnite possibilities of engagement and challenges. These paths makes for the development and understanding of my art practices in however form or subject it undertakes. I am currently working on the theme of commodities; exploring studies of traditions, societies and myths. With this in mind, my works have manipulated itself into works of performance art, sculpture, drawings, photography, installation and audio- visual mediums.’ ~ Jacklyn Soo, Artist Statement

JACKLYN SOO holds a Bachelor (Hons) of Fine Arts, as well as a Diploma in Fine Art (Sculpture) from LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts. Her frst solo show was debuted at Your Mother Gallery in Hindoo Road where she showed paintings and drawings of dreams and sold six paintings. She has done a residency in Jatiwangi, Bandung in which she explored community art. Jacklyn has also published a book of poems and drawing titled The Signs of Psyche which can be found in the National Library of Singapore.

She is the Founder and Curator of Singapore Contemporary Young Artists, a Society promoting the practices of Contemporary Young Artists in Singapore and has curated and organised several note-worthy events.


From the Curator: Daniela Beltrani

The title for this exhibition, “Gnothi seauton” (γνῶθι σεαυτόν), derives from the anonymous – though attributed to many philosophers and other wise men of the ancient Greek world – exhortation, famously inscribed in gold letters on the front of Apollo’s temple in Delphi, more than two thousand years ago. It translates into “Know thyself”.

The concern I have for the exploration underlying this imperative is, without doubt, inspired by personal circumstances, culminating, alas, in a long overdue awakening. Yet, it is not simply a departure point, moving steadfastly forward and uncovering a static, present reality through consciousness, but also, possibly, a journey into the past, delving deeply into it, in an attempt to find clues and reasons and paths for all those choices, which ultimately have led us here, where we stand. Today. Right NOW.

Interestingly, Apollo was the Greek god patron of the arts and he is often represented pictorially during the centuries in the company of the nine Muses, with whom he used to share residence on the mount Parnassus. The association between the consciousness of oneself and the arts, therefore, seems a natural one, both as a process and as a result.

Of course, and thankfully, I am not alone in this endeavour. In my vest of aspiring curator, I decided to proposition several artists on this subject, to poke their consciousness and to join me in an attempt to offer an answer to this imperative. This exhibition will show the result of such search in a variety of media and I truly hope that, whilst receptive to others’ attempts, the audience will be inspired to follow on and delve deeply to uncover the beauty and truth within them, beyond the different roles they cover in their life and the different “personae” they wear every day.


Opening Reception on Thursday 10 February 2011 From 19:30 onwards

RSVP at by Sunday 6 February 2011

Exhibition runs until 15 February 2011

Opening Hours: 12:00 to 20:00, Monday to Sunday (closed on Public Holidays).

Admission: Free

Supported by The Substation


 The Substation, 45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936

 +65 6337 7535

 +65 6337 2729



Alight at the Armenian Church: 2, 12, 32, 33, 51, 61, 63, 80, 197

Alight at Singapore Management University: 7, 14, 14e, 16, 36, 77, 106, 111, 124, 128, 131, 147, 162, 162M, 166, 167, 171, 174, 174e, 175, 190, 700, 700A, 857, NR7

Alight at Stamford Court: 124, 147, 166, 174, 174e, 190

Nearest MRT Station

City Hall, Bras Basah or Clarke Quay MRT


Jacklyn Soo
Singapore Contemporary Young Artists (SCYA)

‘Highlighting Contemporary Art by Young Artists in Singapore’

About scyablog

Singapore Contemporary Young Artists Project (SCYA) is a non-profit Art Society that highlights Contemporary Art by Young Artists in Singapore through several platforms in exhibitions, websites, talks, workshops & commissioned services. SCYA was initiated by Jacquelyn Soo who is an artist, curator and director for SCYA. SCYA has over 10 members in the society contributing ideas, activities to support the organisation. SCYA represents up to 70 Singaporean/PR Artists in their works. SCYA launched their first project in Nov 2008 with a website collaboration with FIVEFOOTWAY that featured 23 Contemporary Young Artists Portfolios on an interactive website. Since then, SCYA have had several collaborations and events organised with corporations, government institutions, NGOS and education institutions, Please visit our website for more details: Like us on Facebook! Thank you!

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