Meet painter and digital artist from Singapore, Marina A.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Marina, named after a shopping mall in Singapore, Marina Square. Funny how it matches my horoscope, Aquarius with its aquatic/water factors. Not important haha. I am half Indonesian and half Singaporean. Growing up experiencing two different environments have really exposed me to understand more about people and culture. I am currently based in Singapore and I do Multidisciplinary Arts in many different artistic mediums. I work predominantly in the medium of painting but includes digital art and installations. My visual interpretations are usually influenced by astrophysics and daily environmental factors and experiences which involves the bending of reality in a surreal setting that creates a physical manifestation of the emotions that I’d like to portray. Most of my artworks consist of contrasting colors like neon pink and shades of dark colors as well as motifs of females and serpents. I have exhibited at several venues like M Social Hotel Singapore, Kult Gallery, Ion Orchard & Art Science Museum to name a few. I’ve also worked with clients like Lomography, Zouk Singapore, JustCo, Coach & Skechers.
My visual interpretations are usually influenced by astrophysics and daily environmental factors and experiences which involves the bending of reality in a surreal setting that creates a physical manifestation of the emotions that I’d like to portray.
Describe the city you’re living in and what it’s like to live there.
I just wanna say that Singapore is not part of China and we have various ethnicities living here as well. Hahaha! It is always sunny and humid and everything is so fast paced sometimes I feel like we don’t get the chance to slow down and appreciate our surroundings as much. However, there’s a certain type of serene around my neighborhood so it is not that bad. Well, anywhere can be a great place to live in if you want it to be. 🙂
What is the best and worst thing about living in your city?
Worst: It is always ‘summer’ here.
Give us 3 words that describe what it’s like to be a creative in your city.
Can’t stop hustlin’.
How did you start your career in art?
It kinda just did from doing art markets and then I started refining my art style and I started to do creative directions for local bands and things took off from there.
Were the people around you supportive of your decision on working as a creative?
I’m happy to say that I’m always surrounded by supportive family members and close friends. There are definitely days when relatives or outsiders say discouraging statements to me but I’m never usually bothered as long as the people I love supports me.
There are definitely days when relatives or outsiders say discouraging statements to me but I’m never usually bothered as long as the people I love supports me.
What are some goals and ambitions you have for your future work?
Oh gosh, I have too many!!! A bigger scale of artwork like murals/ art installations…Get into more art residencies, collaboration with favorite fashion designers so on and so forth as long as I get to grow artistically, gracefully and meet with more wonderful creatives!
If you could collaborate with any person in the world who would it be?
Hmmm, I can’t think of anyone, particularly that I’m dying to collab with…but Felipe Pantone would be hella cool too!
How would you describe the women around you?
Strong individualistic independent women!
Were there any local female creatives that you looked up to when you were growing up?
Sadly, I grew up not knowing a lot of things related to the art scene in Singapore so I practically missed out on a lot of great local artists while growing up.
Are there any challenging aspects of being a female in your industry?
Based on my experiences so far, I’ve not received anything major mainly perhaps I usually work alone as a freelancer. Apart from that, the art community here is starting to support women in the arts too and this is such a great step!
The art community here is starting to support women in the arts too and this is such a great step!
Do you have any advice to young women who are aspiring to work in your field?
I give pretty bad advice haha but honestly, just do it! You’ll never know what you can or cannot achieve. No time to feel ‘too shy to post it on social media’. Do good and everything will come in place naturally.
Photos courtesy of Marina A.