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Artist Belinda Liew: Connecting Through Calligraphy and Watercolour

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Berlinda Liew, artist
Picture: Juanmoley Fotologue

Calligraphy is an artwork type that has lately gained prominence amongst many novices. Its therapeutic qualities have helped many to deal with the stress of dwelling 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 folks on a extra intimate degree. Her artwork type doesn’t solely confine to calligraphy but in addition 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 folks round her.

Forward is a brief meet up with Liew, the place she shares her journey within the arts and her upcoming tasks.

You had been born in Singapore, you studied calligraphy in addition to watercolour, inform us about your background and the place your artistic journey started?

My artistic journey goes approach again to once I was 4 years outdated. My mother was very far-sighted and believed one must also be expert in one thing apart from research. So she signed me up for an artwork class. Artwork courses had been additionally essentially the most inexpensive choice 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 choosing again my brushes seven years in the past. London re-ignited the hearth once 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?

artwork by Berlinda Liew

Within the age of digital and expertise, every part may be mass-produced effectively. Whereas it brings comfort to life, the heat of human contact is misplaced. Calligraphy takes time and it could possibly contact one’s coronary heart when one receives a handwritten be aware or letter. Calligraphy connects folks at a really intimate degree, which a system-generated doc can’t substitute. 

You settle for commissions from main firms, what’s the fee course of and the way particular do the pitches should be? 

Branding is the core and identification of all firms. Therefore, it’s important to know what the corporate or model represents. It isn’t sufficient to solely depend on info on-line. A go to to their brick-and-mortar shops, if they’ve, is totally vital. You will need to 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? 

Berlinda Liew, artist
Picture: Juanmoley Fotologue

My favorite reminiscence was working with Johnson & Johnson. It was a charity initiative with KK Girls’s and Youngsters’s Hospital. The drive was to assist households — with youngsters receiving therapy within the hospital — who’ve exhausted their financial savings. Whereas profitability is sustenance for any enterprise, it is usually essential 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 wedding that was put collectively in three weeks final yr, because of the well being of the bride’s father. It was a day meant for not simply the couple, but in addition 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, buddies and even the workforce, knew the importance of the march and teared. 

The place do you discover inspiration on your work? Nature appears to play a big half in your life as an artist, inform us extra about it?

Berlinda Liew with plants at the foreground
Picture: Juanmoley Fotologue

I discover inspiration from anyplace. From my son, travels, books, meals and even Netflix exhibits corresponding to André and His Olive Tree — a documentary a few Michelin-starred chef’s journey of reflection after the closure of his restaurant. Inspiration is not only about creation. Additionally it is 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 return 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 objective I have to fulfil when the correct 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 tasks and highlights throughout 2021? 

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A wilt rose painted by Belinda Liew in reference to a photograph taken by Sevak Babakhani.

2020 was one in all my darkest occasions. Lots of my tasks had been affected, so there was a powerful urge to maintain working else my very own guilt would swarm over me at any time when 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 yr I instructed myself to take a step at a time. Additionally it is a yr I realise what my creation is about and acknowledge it. And I hope I can deliver the viewers by this journey with me after they take a look at my artwork — the expertise of discovery.

I returned to the foundation of my creation, which is Effective Arts, and began a challenge sequence named A Life | Alive. It’s a sequence of wilted flowers, painted within the fashion of realism. This sequence is a channel for me to specific one thing that strikes a chord in me and that’s very onerous to vocalise in the mean time. Wilting is a continuation of life that many deem not. It’s magnificence with an embodiment of distinctive traits that provides the area the place it’s in an beautiful contact. And while you look deeper, it might stir feelings, a joyful one or not…

I even have plans to discover NFTs and bringing my work to a much bigger market as we’re about to enter a brand new yr, 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 wonderful artistry. 

Which is your favorite museum in Singapore?

The Peranakan Museum. I used to be instructed my grandmother was a Peranakan however the heritage was misplaced as a result of my nice grandmother handed on actually younger. Therefore, the museum provides me an avenue to reconnect to that a part of my root. I’ve all the time been very captivated by its wealthy tradition, colors and meals, and I did my O-level Artwork challenge based mostly on it. Additionally, the facade of the constructing is so charming. It teleports one again to the outdated world as soon as we enter the area. 

If you happen to had been to call one mentor who has impressed you in your life and path as an artist, who would that be?

Berlinda Liew, artist
Picture: Juanmoley Fotologue

It must be my secondary college instructor, Mr Bentley Williams. It was an peculiar afternoon in class. He pulled me apart and inspired me to use for an Artwork college after finishing my O-level. He noticed the hearth, that I didn’t see in me. Whereas most lecturers centered solely on our grades, Mr Williams centered on our ardour and goals even right this moment. We reconnected final yr and he’s nonetheless very involved if we’re on our monitor of pursuit. If not for his relentless perception in me, I might by no means consider in myself that Arts is a path that I can really take, regardless of many twists and turns in my profession prior. That fateful afternoon was by no means peculiar for me. It formed me. 

To view extra of Belinda Liew’s artworks, do observe her Instagram: @artandwanders.

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