Joanne Pang

b. Singapore

Joanne Pang born in 1986 is an artist and design lecturer at Lasalle College of the Arts and an award winner graphic designer. Graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Visual Communication) from The School of Arts, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and a Master of Fine Arts from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, School of Visual Art in Copenhagen, Denmark. She has worked for reputable graphic design firms such as Scandinavian Design Lab, Future Brand Uxus and Ministry of Design.>
She explores the relationships between body, memory and space through site-specific installations, paintings and drawings. Joanne uses the soak-stain technique to mesmerising effect in her body of works. In her process making her artwork, she often starts by spilling a transparent liquid such as water onto the surface and then outlining its contours. She mentioned that by her process in making each artwork, she has no control over how the water spreads or moves across the surface. By outlining all the stains, she feels that she has become part of an abstract moment. To her, the whole endeavour of painting consists of play, experimentation and exploration. She uses different materials as surfaces as a way in which to observe how to paint interacts with different textiles.
She mused that there are always some aspects that are similar between the worlds of graphic and art, especially the colour and the form. The main point of difference is in how these materials are offered up to the creative mind. Joanne said that in the designer’s world, there’s always a creative breed and on the other hand, art is pretty open-ended. “Sometimes even as an artist, I don’t even know what I’m trying to say – let alone expect viewer understands my message clearly. That’s the beauty of visual art,” she said.
Joanne Pang is a recipient of numerous awards art and design awards such as Singapore Young Photography Award (2012), Singapore Design Awards (2012) and 2018 UOB Painting of the Year (Singapore), Established Artist Category, Gold Award. Her first solo exhibition was held at a void deck in Singapore in 2009. In 2012, her works have been exhibited at the Singapore Art Museum, 10th International Poster Triennial in Toyama, Japan. She has also exhibited in Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Denmark in 2013 and Lathi Poster Triennial in Finland in 2014. She has made site-specific art installations for Roskilde Festival in Denmark in 2011, BKS Garage, Denmark and Mustarinda Summer Exhibition, Finland in 2012.
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