It has been an incredible journey with the SSBY mentees who soared beyond our expectations by coming up with the concepts and execution of the three art walls along Somerset Belt - Skatepark, Red Box, and *SCAPE. Their messages about empowerment and sustainability resonate with the voices of the young generation in Singapore, and they are not afraid to show them as they are. Here are some glimpses of the artwork and trust us, it is better to go down onsite to see them for yourself.
Plastic pollution is something that should not be taken lightly. Plastic pollution causes the deaths of 100,000 marine mammals worldwide every year. Additionally, research shows that tiny pieces of plastic can be found in the air we breathe, in the food we eat, and even in our bodies. Approximately 74,000 microplastic particles are ingested every year by the average American, according to a research review published in 2019.
Our project titled ‘Sea-rial killer’ addresses the very real and harsh reality that should not be ignored. Our mural, inspired by the detective wall and Dada movement (Dadaism), utilizes plastic, print, and paint. As we descend the 20-meter 'Crazy Wall', we discover the deadly killer that has been causing torment and pain to our irreplaceable marine life and cherished sea creatures.
From L-R: Ernest Goh (Mentor), Joleen Low, Park So Jung, Emelynda Wirawan
About the mentees
Firas Azhar, 25
Firas is a visual brand designer based in Singapore. He is a recent graduate from Raffles Design Institute with a BA in Graphic Design specialising in print and brand identities. As a high-quality individual, he is constantly ambitious and daring to push businesses and brands into new and exciting realms in order to differentiate and disrupt. He consistently makes sure that his creative vision are in line with his clients' objectives and the needs of their customers. At the end of the day, he hopes to make a difference and inspire people with his designs, whether big or small.
Joleen Low, 22
Joleen is a graphic designer and illustrator, currently majoring in graphic design, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Raffles College of Higher Education, and will graduate in December 2021. She specialises in print design, and always seeks to achieve simplicity and clarity in her work.
Emelynda Wirawan, 19
Emily studies Visual Communication in Raffles Design Institute. Her inspiration comes from her family and KPOP.
Park So Jung, 23
So Jung is a graphic designer from South Korea. She aspires to be a Packaging Designer, designing creative and impactful packages for products.
What is empowerment? It is the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in one's life and claiming one's rights. Empowerment can also refer to the process of supporting others, enabling them to overcome their sense of powerlessness, and to recognise and use their resources.
We want to Create Next by embodying empowerment through our mural. We believe that inclusivity grows as we empower and uplift diverse communities. Empowered communities skrrt past barriers and ramps, paving the way for progress to follow suit.
The mural is an amalgamation of what it means for each of us to feel empowered — to be you, be seen, to take action and grow into your own.
From L-R: Christian Darryl Soh, Nabila Ghani, Weimin Lai, Min Kwok
About the mentees
Min Kwok, 22
I'm a Communications and Art History undergraduate at NUS with a deep love for creating and learning as I go along. I wouldn't consider myself traditionally "artistic" but I do love the concept of being able to separate being "good" at something from plainly just enjoying the process, no matter the result. I deathly enjoy going for pretentious coffee runs, hugging my parents, and watching my boyfriend's football matches. I'm also a huge animal lover, and I take pride in being able to tell apart more dog breeds than the next guy!
Nabila Ghani, 25
As someone who loves movies, film/photography, I am constantly curious and find myself dreaming about the what ifs. I believe in freedom and the ability for anyone to have the power to bring change. As a stubborn Taurus, I want to redefine the meaning of a social justice warrior and continue to stand by those who are unheard and often forgotten.
Christian Darryl Soh, 23
I’m Christian, a huge fan of interpersonal communication and am currently a freelance graphic designer. I am a believer in clean typography and designs that produce results with a sense of graphic appeal. My biggest goal is to create positive change through design and I'd like my career to revolve around smart but humorous works. My varied hobbies when I’m not at work include collecting and selling vintage items, keeping fish, browsing fashion, reading and creating art. I’m always pushing out of my comfort zones and constantly learning. Always keep an open mind and you’ll find that there’s so much more one can be!
Weimin Lai, 26
Weims is a graphic designer by day and experimenting creative at night. As a graphic designer, she strives to push limits and problem-solve for brands looking for solutions. Post day-job hours, I am usually working on my creative practice. In my practice, I hope to create new worlds by exploring and expressing through various mediums (illustrations, installations, image making).
Our mural artwork shows an underwater view of the lives of marine creatures such as sharks, turtles, jellyfish, puffer fish, squid and corals. Using augmented reality (AR), the mural reflects the calamity and detrimental changes water pollution can bring to the environment of sea creatures.
First, the initially clean ocean water is being contaminated by plastic bags and turning murky. This shows the effects of plastic litter that ruins the beautiful scenery of underwater life. Next, we see how marine life is affected. The shark is struggling to break free from chains that are stuck to its neck. Plastic bags, most commonly confused for jellyfish, are being eaten by turtles as food. The squid is entangled with a piece of plastic. The use of AR shows the transition of clean aquatic life to how it is after mindless pollution.
From L-R: Johnson Pey, Adrian Tan, Lynelle Ho, Nur Amirah Syakirah, Tan Kai Wen
About the mentees
Adrian Tan Wei Loong, 14
I am currently a secondary school student. I enjoy drawing in my free time and have taken part in art competitions as well as representing my primary school in art related events like in the SYF or visiting nearby kindergartens to teach them arts and crafts. I have also taken part in last year's Singapore Youth Festival and came in first runner-up for "Draw My Stamp Story" art competition. My preferred art medium is usually watercolour. Besides art, I am also a fan of combat sports, specifically boxing. My father is also a huge boxing fan so we would often watch the highlights of a match if they are airing them on the sports channel or the whole fight itself. My firsthand experience with combat sports have been Taekwondo and I am currently learning how to box.
Nur Amirah Syakirah Binte Ashnol, 14
I am a girl who draws weapons and scenery digitally. As I am writing this, I draw on my phone using its stylus and on drawing app called IbisPaint X. I started digital drawing for about two years, took a break for about a year, and came back to it this year. My inspiration mainly comes from streamers and YouTubers that I watch online. I learn digital drawing through online tutorials. I am not very good at drawing humans or drawing traditionally but I will try to learn if I can. I am also an awkward person but I can be outgoing when I get to know someone well.
Johnson Pey Chong Jun, 15
I'm currently a Secondary Three student in Chua Chu Kang Secondary School. My interest in art started from anime characters. The first one is Dragon Ball. I started drawing when I was in Secondary 1 because it looked cool. I mainly use a pencil to draw. I do not have a full time interest in art like the others, I only draw when I feel like it. My goal for art is to be able to draw anime characters with speed, matching with professionals who can draw a full body drawing in just 15 minutes. As of now, I have learned digital art that is pretty new to me. However, my goal still stays the same. I wish to add more colours and inject more intricate expressions into animated life. I believe that art can bring good feelings to a person; like warmth through delicate details and expressions. As an artist, that is my end goal.
Tan Kai Wen, 14
I started drawing since Primary 3 and never had the courage to share my artworks until I came across a "how to draw anime eye" on Instagram in Primary 4. It was the start of my anime/chibi artworks. Before that, I 'learned' how to draw by copying others, which is not a really proud thing to say. My art style is mostly anime-ish (depending on my mood). I love watching anime and I do crochet from time to time. I had wanted to go down the watercolour art style path but I have slowly transitioned to digital drawing.
Lynelle Ho Jiaying, 15
My hobbies include drawing, listening to music and reading. I like the feeling of being able to travel to another world of imagination. I also like to watch documentaries because I get to hear about what is happening to the world around me. I like to collect things as well, keeping items so that I can look back on them in future. My favourite types of drawing medium are both digital and traditional, although I still prefer the feeling of drawing on paper. I am looking forward to travel to other countries in the future after covid ends.
Natalee Chan Rou Shan, 13
Hi! My name is Natalee. I draw better when I am in class... I don't know why. I enjoy drawing males but I am pretty bad at doing complex poses. Can't praise my colouring either :")) I am a PC person, I play games on my PC like Genshin Impact. I have an inconsistent art style. I change my art style a LOT. I am also kind of a lazy person. I love to stay at home 24/7. I want to sleep.