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My Singapore Adventure Continues

I have been very focused on my paintings, especially as I get closer and closer to my solo show opening date. I have sent the last of the canvas works to the printers for the digital component to get printed. From now on, I will essentially be focusing on my painting.

Despite the very heavy workload (12-hour days are short work days!), I try to get out on weekends and explore Singapore as much as possible.  A few weeks ago I visited Sentosa beach with some friends and had a great time! Of course, the man-made beach doesn’t compare to my native Brazilian beaches, but it is a great way to get away from the city without actually having to travel. It is relaxing and allowed me to refocus.

I also was determined to try the avocado juice here, since that is something I grew up drinking in Brazil. I went to a hawker center with artist Shih Yun Yeo (residency director at INSTINC) to try the best avocado juice in Singapore. It definitely lived up to expectations! I heard that sometimes the hawkers will add a lot of ice to the juice to cut down on costs, but ultimately that also cuts down on taste. That is something to keep in mind with most of the juice stalls. Speaking of food, that same day I went to Zion Road Food Centre and had some of the best prawn noodles in town!

Near the hawkers where I had the avocado juice, I saw this apartment complex being built. I love the proliferation of skeletal building structures in Singapore!

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Official Press Release

Suspended Flux: Multiculturalism in Singapore

by Heidi Celeghin (Brazil)
As a Brazilian who grew up in an international environment, now living in the United States, and traveling around the world, artist Heidi Celeghin is constantly experiencing new cultures and exploring new definitions of identity. She is fascinated with both how people assimilate and how they remain connected to their roots. It is challenging to grow up between cultures but it also provides one with a wonderful opportunity to bridge gaps and begin dialogues. Multiculturalism is powerful – it can dissolve barriers and destroy fears of the unknown Other. Her show explores Singapore’s internationalism through a combination of new media portraiture and installation. Heidi Celeghin is simultaneously capturing the diverse people who live in Singapore and the architectural structure alternately surrounding/defining/uniting them.  In this exhibition, there will be 10 oil paint and digital painting on canvases and 10 digital paintings on archival paper featured.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Heidi Celeghin is a Brazilian artist currently teaching at the Glassell Junior School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She divides her time between Houston and Manhattan, primarily working in oil, graphite, and ink. Her artwork has been shown twice in Houston’s Reliant Center, twice in Ithaca’s Johnson Museum of Art, the Norma R. Ory Gallery of the MFAH, and other notable locations. Her artwork is in private collections in Houston, Manhattan, and Barcelona. She studied in Cornell University and pursued additional artistic studies in The School of Visual Arts (New York) and the Angel Academy of Art in Florence.

Opening Reception: 22 June  2012, 7-9pm

Venue: INSTINC SOHO
12 Eu Tong Sen Street, soho2 @ central, #04-163 Singapore 059819
t:             +65 62279487      
e: enquiries@instinc.com
w: http://www.instinc.com

Original post on my official website.

Isabella

Isabella
(New Media Painting)

Rosana

Rosana
(New Media Painting)

 See more images on my official blog.


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Singapore: New Artwork + plus coloring book page

I have recently finished another cityscape that will be part of the series of works on paper. I love the old buildings on Club Street and since old architecture can be so difficult to find in Singapore, it makes it that much more special. The distinct colors of the buildings contrast with one another and with the otherwise modern setting. All of my cityscapes will be devoid of people.

Also, I made this Spiderman image for a child I know here in Singapore so that he can color it in.


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Good morning, Singapore!

It is almost evening here so perhaps the title of my post is a little nonsensical. I named it thusly because it mostly concerns itself with what I did and saw this morning. It was very cloudy today (and a lot cooler than usual) and in the beginning of the day there were some intriguing cloud formations outside my window.


I went to the printer’s day to get some of my finished work printed out. I don’t want to wait until the last minute to get everyone printed, framed, etc, otherwise it will simply be a nightmare. I have also measured out the hanging space for my suspended paintings and gotten a better idea of how many new media pieces I must complete. Expect photos this week of at least one of the painted works.

Over the weekend, I went to Tiong Bahru and the Botanic Gardens. Everyone should check out 40 Hands Coffee – the coffee truly is amazing and the food is delicious. For the Botanic Gardens, the new MRT entrance for it is a little awkwardly placed. I feel like the best entrance is from the Tanglin/Orchard area. I had dinner in Crystal Jade in Paragon – all the dishes were scrumptious.

Great food and amazing people!


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Artwork: Cityscapes & Portraits

Originally posted on heidiceleghin.com

Here are some of my recent works for my solo show in June.  These digital paintings will be printed on cotton acid-free paper, framed, and hung on the wall.  They will be a combination of portraits of people I see in my daily outings in Singapore and the places around the city. This will in a sense mimic the idea that people travel inside the liminal space that is public transport with the sole purpose of exiting at their “real” location.  In that way, the MRT can only be remembered as a sea of people – some standing out more than others – and not as an actual location in and of itself.


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Fort Canning – Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at the Park

Yesterday I saw Singapore Repertory Theatre‘s production of Twelfth Night at Fort Canning Park.  It is such a great idea – everyone can bring in a picnic and sit on the grass to watch the performance. At first, it was raining a bit but luckily, it stopped by the time the performance began.  For an outdoor production, the set was amazing!  The acting was great and a variety of ages could enjoy the show. One of the actors had a fantastic voice and sang a few songs during the play. It was a fun surprise!

To anyone in Singapore, I highly recommend watching the play!