Calligraphy is an artwork kind that has just lately gained prominence amongst many novices. Its therapeutic qualities have helped many to deal with the stress of residing below the shadow of this pandemic. For Singaporean artist Belinda Liew, calligraphy is extra than simply being a stress reliever, it’s a medium for her to attach with individuals on a extra intimate degree. Her artwork kind doesn’t solely confine to calligraphy but additionally watercolour, and he or she hopes to deliver her viewers on a journey of discovery with each stroke she takes. To Liew, artwork is a medium for her to specific herself and to share her feelings with individuals round her.
Forward is a brief meet up with Liew, the place she shares her journey within the arts and her upcoming initiatives.
You had been born in Singapore, you studied calligraphy in addition to watercolour, inform us about your background and the place your inventive journey started?
My inventive journey goes method again to after I was 4 years previous. My mother was very far-sighted and believed one also needs to be expert in one thing apart from research. So she signed me up for an artwork class. Artwork courses had been additionally probably the most inexpensive possibility in these days, in comparison with music. However sadly, life and practicality got here into the way in which and I ended creating for a few years. I solely began selecting again my brushes seven years in the past. London re-ignited the fireplace after I took a protracted depart from work and took up some quick programs at Central Saint Martin. That was when my journey took flight once more and didn’t cease since.
Within the age of Web the place our life is popping all-digital, what’s the significance of calligraphy?
Within the age of digital and expertise, all the things could be mass-produced effectively. Whereas it brings comfort to life, the heat of human contact is misplaced. Calligraphy takes time and it may well contact one’s coronary heart when one receives a handwritten be aware or letter. Calligraphy connects individuals at a really intimate degree, which a system-generated doc can’t exchange.
You settle for commissions from main firms, what’s the fee course of and the way particular do the pitches have to be?
Branding is the core and identification of all firms. Therefore, it’s important to grasp what the corporate or model represents. It isn’t sufficient to solely depend on data on-line. A go to to their brick-and-mortar shops, if they’ve, is completely needed. It is very important expertise the manufacturers with our senses, so we are able to create artworks that resonate with the manufacturers’ values and their goal audiences can relate to and establish with.
What’s your favorite reminiscence working with a big company?
My favorite reminiscence was working with Johnson & Johnson. It was a charity initiative with KK Ladies’s and Kids’s Hospital. The drive was to assist households — with kids receiving remedy within the hospital — who’ve exhausted their financial savings. Whereas profitability is sustenance for any enterprise, it is usually vital for each company, no matter scale, to utilise the platform now we have and lend a voice.
What’s your most vivid reminiscence of working with a pair getting ready for his or her marriage ceremony?
Many weddings had been both pushed ahead or postponed throughout this pandemic. There was a marriage ceremony that was put collectively in three weeks final 12 months, because of the well being of the bride’s father. It was a day meant for not simply the couple, but additionally her father. There was a swell of bittersweet emotion when the daddy held the hand of his daughter & marched down the aisle. Everybody within the corridor from household, associates and even the staff, knew the importance of the march and teared.
The place do you discover inspiration to your work? Nature appears to play a big half in your life as an artist, inform us extra about it?
I discover inspiration from wherever. From my son, travels, books, meals and even Netflix reveals similar to André and His Olive Tree — a documentary a couple of Michelin-starred chef’s journey of reflection after the closure of his restaurant. Inspiration isn’t just about creation. It’s also about inspiring us to be higher artists by way of perspective and appreciation. Be grateful and be appreciative of the alternatives that we’re blessed with. Take each wins as a humbling expertise to be higher and to not relaxation on our laurels. Take each failure as an opportunity to come back again stronger. I’ve by no means seen my life as an artist as pure. I see it as a blessing from the religion I consider in and there’s a goal I have to fulfil when the proper time comes.
What feelings do you hope the viewers expertise when taking a look at your artwork? Are you able to additionally inform us about your main initiatives and highlights throughout 2021?
2020 was one among my darkest occasions. Lots of my initiatives had been affected, so there was a powerful urge to maintain working else my very own guilt would swarm over me every time I took a break. It was like I didn’t deserve relaxation. Concern and anxiousness burnt me out. It took me a while to seek out my mojo.
2021 is the 12 months I informed myself to take a step at a time. It’s also a 12 months I realise what my creation is about and acknowledge it. And I hope I can deliver the viewers by means of this journey with me after they have a look at my artwork — the expertise of discovery.
I returned to the foundation of my creation, which is Nice Arts, and began a mission collection named A Life | Alive. It’s a collection of wilted flowers, painted within the model of realism. This collection is a channel for me to specific one thing that strikes a chord in me and that’s very exhausting to vocalise in the intervening time. Wilting is a continuation of life that many deem not. It’s magnificence with an embodiment of distinctive traits that provides the house the place it’s in an beautiful contact. And if you look deeper, it could stir feelings, a joyful one or not…
I even have plans to discover NFTs and bringing my work to an even bigger market as we’re about to enter a brand new 12 months, 2022.
Who’s your favorite modern Singapore artist?
My favorite Singapore artist is John Lim, the founding father of This Humid Home. He does botanical design and I see his floral creation as a type of artwork. He embodies characters that I look as much as — experimental, fearless and advantageous artistry.
Which is your favorite museum in Singapore?
The Peranakan Museum. I used to be informed my grandmother was a Peranakan however the heritage was misplaced as a result of my nice grandmother handed on actually younger. Therefore, the museum offers me an avenue to reconnect to that a part of my root. I’ve at all times been very captivated by its wealthy tradition, colors and meals, and I did my O-level Artwork mission based mostly on it. Additionally, the facade of the constructing is so charming. It teleports one again to the previous world as soon as we enter the house.
For those who had been to call one mentor who has impressed you in your life and path as an artist, who would that be?
It must be my secondary faculty trainer, Mr Bentley Williams. It was an extraordinary afternoon in class. He pulled me apart and inspired me to use for an Artwork faculty after finishing my O-level. He noticed the fireplace, that I didn’t see in me. Whereas most lecturers targeted solely on our grades, Mr Williams targeted on our ardour and desires even at the moment. We reconnected final 12 months and he’s nonetheless very involved if we’re on our monitor of pursuit. If not for his relentless perception in me, I’d by no means consider in myself that Arts is a path that I can truly take, regardless of many twists and turns in my profession prior. That fateful afternoon was by no means extraordinary for me. It formed me.
To view extra of Belinda Liew’s artworks, do observe her Instagram: @artandwanders.