Tales of the Living: An artwork-towards-death
Mixed media, found & recycled materials
46 x 31 x 19 cm
Tales of the Living: An artwork-towards-death explores the question of life’s meaning, through a living canvas that will one day die.
Primordial life covers the canvas, heralding change. Moss and lichen break down bare wood and rock, for complex life to grow and thrive. On this wild and surreal canvas, creatures of death loom in the verdant overgrowth. Protection is found in a circle of handmade faux rocks, and the spindly arms of a beast.
This evolving work reflects upon the mortality of the artist’s two rabbits, her powerless attempts to shield them from pain, and the shifting terrains of love and loss. Its whimsical yet toxic landscapes contemplate the suffering we bear out of love, the resilient fragility of existence, and the desperate wanting to give anything, just for one more day.
Mending skin with child witnesses of family violence in Singapore
Despite the complex and challenging nature of the grief and loss experienced by child witnesses, there seems to be a paucity of literature on grief art therapy for children from violent homes. The aim of this qualitative practitioner-based thesis is to fill this gap by exploring the processes of mending skin as a therapeutic vehicle in grief art therapy with children who have witnessed family violence in Singapore. Through a visual heuristic inquiry of multiple case vignettes, I sought to illustrate how mending skin may emerge as a process and precipitate therapeutic change for clients at different points on the grief-trauma continuum. By so doing, I seek to supplement the current plethora of trauma-informed interventions for child witnesses with more grief therapy interventions, so as to propel a higher therapeutic watermark for family violence services in Singapore.
Grief Matters, Montfort Care
Art therapist trainee
● Co-facilitated group art therapy sessions for persons bereaved by parental loss.
● Conducted group art therapy programmes and individual art therapy sessions for persons impacted by grief and loss.
Aug 2021–May 2022
TRANS SAFE Centre, TRANS Family Services
Art therapist trainee
● Provided individual and group art therapy to child witnesses and survivors of family violence.
● Designed and facilitated group art therapy sessions for child and adult populations that have experienced family violence.
● Facilitated an online series of art therapy-informed self-care workshops for staff.