30 May – 28 Jun 2014, Kult Gallery, Singapore | Kult Gallery presented Girls of the Underworld, a group show that examined what it means to be female in contemporary Asia, from the perspective of young female artists.
Inviting 37 Singapore-based female artists to create a new piece of work that captures their perspective on living and working in fast-paced modern Asia, Kult encouraged the exploration of subjects such as music, identity, pop TV & movie culture.
Artists were given freedom to create their work using various mediums such as painting, drawing, silkscreening, collaging, and animated GIFs. The show featured local female artists such as Tiffany Tan, Adeline Tan, Dawn Ang, Inkten, Kristal Melson and Soph Ong.
“We are currently witnessing a boom of creativity in Singapore, especially amongst the female community. Girls of the Underworld aims to capture and celebrate this phenomenon,” said Kult’s curators.
For Caramelaw (SG), Dare to Dream of Candy featured brightly-coloured monsters and candies, inspired by Japanese pop culture icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. The artist touched upon her struggle with her parents’ acceptance of her quirky sense of dressing. With this, it is evident how many females in Asia are often suppressed by conservative and traditional parenting.
Octopus’ Garden is a watercolour piece by graphic designer Adeline Tan (SG). Inspired by the Beatles’ song of the same title, this drawing is a visual interpretation of how an “octopus’s garden” would have looked like, with a style influenced by traditional japanese tattoos and Ukiyo-e replicas of geishas found on a cabinet in her grandfather’s home.
Delving into technology, Esther Goh’s #OOTD was a satirical take on how social media distorts the perception of beauty by promoting unhealthy self-idealisation.
To buy artworks, please contact Kult via firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about remaining pieces from the show.