Sarah Choo Jing
Sarah Choo Jing is a Multidisciplinary Fine Artist who has recently graduated from the Nanyang Technological University’s School of Art Design and Media. Focusing on the relationship between space and time, Choo’s work depicts identifiable moments and characters within contemporary Singaporean society. Intentionally constructed and staged, the artist reflects upon local social and cultural norms.
Currently pursuing her MFA in Fine Art Media at the Slade School of Art in London. The Artist has recently clinched the ICON De Martell Cordon Bleu Photography Award 2013 and has recently represented Singapore at the Santa Fe International New Media Festival in New Mexico, USA ; as well as the Nordart 2013- a contemporary art fair in Germany, Europe. A recipient of the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal Award and the 2013 Kwek Leng Joo Prize of Excellence in Still Photography, Choo has also been awarded as The Photographer of The Year in the Fine Art Photography category at the 4th Pollux Awards, USA.
Sarah has exhibited locally and internationally at venues such as: The Pingyao Photography Festival (China), Nordart 2013 (Germany), Prix De La Photography (Paris), The Harper’s Bazaar Art Fair (Jakarta), Marsio Fine Art (Jakarta) and the Nancy Victor Gallery (UK), Galerie Sogan and Art (Singapore), The Wilgus Gallery (USA).
What do you hope to achieve during your time in London?
I am hoping to use the time during my graduate studies to develop my body of work, to see as much of the world, and to gain insights.
Who is your muse and do you have a favourite artist?
I do not actually have one single favourite artist. I draw my inspiration from many sources. I enjoy looking at artists and their works; photographers (Eugenio Recuenco, Jeff Walls, Gregory Crewdson), painters (Chuck Close, Gerhard Richter) , sculptors ( particularly paper sculptors) .
If you could share one thing with a large group of people, what would it be?
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill
Could you share one of your hardest experiences with art, and how you overcame that challenge?
The most enjoyable aspect of what I do, is before and during the process of making Art. Once the work is completed, there is a sense of satisfaction. Then sometimes, there comes an overwhelming feeling of loss. Because, I think, once you have given so much into a piece of artwork, you fear the next step. You start to worry that the next work you make might not be good enough. I think most individuals in the creative industry are faced with the same issue.
My hardest experience with Art would thus be that of accepting that every piece of work that I make (whether successful or not, whether appreciated or not) is a stepping-stone towards the development of my Art Practice. Once I get inspired again, the sense of excitement and pleasure sets in, and I get lost in making work all over again.