Unity in beauty and the abject, her works delve deep to bring issues to light. A recipient of The Winston Oh Travel Award (2019), meet Kara Inez.
Born in Malaysia :) I bounced around studying fine art and am currently working as an artist making strange little monsters. I'm drawn to the grotesque and aesthetics that make your skin crawl :)
My favourite spot in Malaysia has to be this beautiful lake behind my grandma’s house. It is a place that is so dear to me because we used to fish for tadpoles there when I was a little girl. I go there now to feel close to her and to be alone in nature to clear my mind :)
How did you get into art?
I’ve studied all around. In Paris, San Francisco and Singapore. I was lucky enough to have parents who are so supportive of my art making and encouraged me to further my studies in fine arts. When I was a kid it was my way of translating the world around me and my imagination into form so I would constantly be equipped with a sketch book and colour pencils wherever I went. Then that spiralled into me taking up art as an occupation and I love it.
DEFECTIVE: ABSENT BODIES draws from your own experiences. How important or necessary is it to share personal stories in your work?
The topics I choose to touch on are incredibly personal to me because I've gone through them first hand such as endometriosis. By exposing my story it allows these absent topics from society to be present as a means to let others suffering from the same condition know that they do not have to suffer in silence and that it is okay to reach out for help or talk about it openly without the fear of being judged or criticised. Once these conversations start existing in the public sphere, it stops being something to be ashamed of. It also acts as a way to educate the public on how the female body properly functions.
What are your monsters made of?
SILICONE, STOCKINGS AND RICE!!
"By exposing my story it allows these absent topics from society to be present as a means to let others suffering from the same condition know that they do not have to suffer in silence and that it is okay to reach out for help or talk about it openly without the fear of being judged or criticised."
Favourite body part?
The collar bone :)
Definitely. When I was younger I battled with mental health issues and art was a way for me to give what was going through in my head and body form to make sense of what I was going through. It was also a big way for me to self reflect and understand where it stemmed from which saved me when I was in deep depression and going through horrible anxiety attacks.
What are you working on now?
At the moment, I have a few things coming up. An exhibition in Bangkok and one at Telok Ayer Arts club in March. I will be working with silicone but in a very different way from how i'm using it now so am very excited to start experimenting again. Will also be going back to painting, an old love of mine, so im looking forward to re-learning a few things.
At the moment it is Ministry of Moral Panic by Amanda Lee Koe
MONA. If you haven’t been there you have to. It is an art museum located on an island off Hobart, Tasmania, The building itself is such an amazing piece of architecture with crazy tunnels and the most out of this world art installations. They host the most strange and surreal music/art festival every year called Dark Mofo which is definitely on the bucket list this year.
Favourite music/song to create to?
Dreamy flowy melty music or really strange music where nothing make sense
Complete this sentence - “Love is….”
Love is work because even though love is beautiful and whimsical it is hard and takes work like anything precious.
Shot at Singapore's iconic Golden Mile Complex.
More of her works here.
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