WEE HONG LING
Crossing Boundaries is an expression of Wee Hong Ling's experiences of living in a new culture, and the journey from hi-tech, scientific research to creating work from the most ancient and basic material, clay. Her sculptures will be showcased at the Singapore Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York City from 30 January to 9 February 2004.
A pilot exhibition involving four US-based Singaporean artists - Wee Hong Ling, Geraldine Lau, Edwin Ho and Yang Tan - Imprint will showcase 12 Igloo sculptures by Wee, 8 Vastness photographs by Tan, 7 Hairscape images by Ho and 6 Information Retrieval prints by Lau for 3 weeks in New York, USA in January 2005.
Wee, a ceramic artist, was working as a NASA research fellow when she discovered her latent creative energy and passion for ceramics. She was awarded numerous grants and scholarships over the years, which included the Ceramics Scholarship from the 92nd Street Y Art Center in New York (2000 - 2003), the Special Artists' Award from the Lee Foundation (2002, 2003) and the Lucy Morgan Scholarship from the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina (2003). Exhibitions and competitions in which she has participated include the Annual Emerging Artists Exhibition in New York (2002), the New York-Tokyo Ceramics Competition in New York (2003) and the "Life from Earth" Group Exhibition in Singapore (2003). She was a previous recipient of a Singapore Internationale grant for her exhibition, Crossing Boundaries, held in New York in early 2004.
Lau works primarily in drawing and painting, and her works have been featured in the International Print Center New York exhibitions (2003), as well as other exhibitions in the US and Singapore. Her past awards include the World Views 2001 Summer Artists residency, the Puffin Foundation Grant (2002), the Philip Morris Merit Award (1996) and the Yokogawa Full Scholarship Award for B.A. in Fine Arts.
A former art director and stylist for magazines such as Vogue Singapore, Female and Citta Bella, Ho now focuses on still life photography. The holder of a Certificate in Photography from Santa Monica College, Ho has contributed covers and numerous fashion spreads to various magazines.
Tan is an urban landscape photographer with many awards to his name. His work was selected for the Six New Talents in Photography in New York City in 2003, and Tan has also been invited to a group exhibition, ARGOS 2000, in Switzerland. His work has been commissioned by international commercial clients such as Hewlett Packard, Timberland, Malaysia Airlines and Oleg Cassini, as well as editorial clients including Surface, Details and Newsweek.
The four artists expect about 400 visitors, including Singaporeans, Friends of Singapore members and foreign diplomats in the New York metropolitan area. Imprint is partially sponsored by Contact Singapore and the Singapore Permanent Mission to the United Nations.