Betty Susiarjo is a mixed-media artist based in Singapore, whose work engages concepts of temporality, materiality and beauty. She received her MA (Fine Arts) with Distinction from Winchester School of Art, England and her BA (Fine Arts) from Surrey Institute of Arts and Design, England.
Inspired by observations and experiences of the everyday, her works seek for an awareness of a moment presented in a particular time and space, thus providing a poetic realm for contemplation. Her video works are not narratives, but they present arrested images, which trigger slightly melancholic, romantic and philosophical questions about everyday reality and beauty. Taking departure points from the interdependency between nature and man, the landscape and the urban, the longing and the actuality we all live in, her artistic practice discusses relationships between human experience of time and the sublime. Recently, she has been interested in the study of light and shadow and how their qualities and connotations affect our encounter with beauty. Employing some element of craft to her work, she juxtaposes methods such as sewing, embroidery, beading etc. to create visual sensations that lie between the perceptible and the illusioned.
In 2015, her work has been seen at Singapore Mexico: Cross Cultural Exchange in Sebastian Foundation, Mexico City, Mexico; Dance of The Luminaries, SARANG Art Building, Yogyakarta, Indonesia; and Umbra, Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film, Singapore. Major Projects for 2016 include Motions, a multi-media exhibition in OTA Fine Arts, Singapore and Tokyo, Japan; as well as The Dazzling Grey, an artist residency in Fukuoka, Japan.
Betty Susiarjo currently teaches at the Undergraduate and Postgraduate programme at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore.
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