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Singapore artists to know: Weixin Quek Chong uses art to ask the hard questions

Weixin's art isn't there to just look pretty. If you don't get it on the first glance, it's okay. Because her art is meant to make you think
 

She now has a decade of experience as a professional artist, and a commendable repertoire of award winning artworks exhibited in London and New York. Weixin is currently also a part-time adjunct lecturer at educational institutions in London and Singapore. While she’s committed to teaching future artists, she also believes in some of the truths behind the traditional image of the struggling artist. “It’s difficult to be an artist anywhere if you struggle for capital.

In Singapore, the normalised work-life schedule generally leaves little room for maintaining a separate creative trajectory. “Most artists require other jobs to survive and support their artistic practice and the resources it demands,” she says.

To her, artistic integrity is everything. She cites a recent work that inspired her – Adrian Piper’s “The Probable Trust Registry”, an installation and participative group performance. “[Piper’s work] feels vital, honest and unflinching. It is a healing counterbalance to the banality of navigating a ‘professional’ art world and having your interests or idealisms subjected to market based pressures or flippant trends.” That, more than anything, explains the abstract nature of her work and self.

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