Lighter than sunshowers

solo exhibition by shirly koh

05  - 30 April 2017

Koh Li Qing Shirly graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts with a B.A (Honours) in Fine Arts and is a recipient of the UOB Painting of the Year - Silver Emerging Artist Category (2016), Noise Singapore Award (2015) and LASALLE Future Leader Scholarship (2013).

She is interested in the relationship between urban landscape and nature, where she employs watercolour and drawing as reiteration of her pondering and the meaning in routine.

Lighter than Sunshowers studies the notion of one's existence through the observation of every day metaphysical spaces, Shirly explores her affinity with them while tapping into the teachings of Zen Buddhism, where each moment is free from habituation, “appearing to (the viewer) as though seen for the first time”.

Her interest in observing different subjects within her daily proximity invites a sense of comfort and security. During extended periods of solitude, reliance on these subjects for comfort and companionship deepens until it subsequently dissipates and reduces to ghostly impressions that are captured before they vanish into oblivion. The intricate process of creating the artwork requires acute presence and transcends to a plane, which one might compare to a meditative experience. The works thus serve as recordings of transient and intangible ideas of existence.


  • Shirly Koh