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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
 

The abstraction in her most recent installation begins with its very name – “sft crsh ctrl”. The work is a sequence of cascading silk twill, latex sheets and faux fur draped over frames that billow from the ceiling. And it is a deliberately confusing work. (Read: You’re not supposed to get it… maybe.) Her oeuvre questions everyday problems and challenges viewpoints. Perhaps that sense of “I’m not sure what to make of it…” is part of the work’s appeal.

Photo: The Straits Times

Certainly, smarter people than us get it, because Weixin Quek Chong was recently named grand-prize winner of the 2018 President’s Young Talents awards. Perhaps her aesthetic stems from her unconventional relationship with art as a child. Coming from a family that loves books, Weixin’s first engagement with art was not what you’d expect a fine artist’s to be: As a child, she would “make things with discarded printer paper, read Ladybird books on the lives of artists”, and visit museums with her parents.

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