British artist based in Singapore / Photo by Racy Lim
Chloë Manasseh (born 1990, London) completed her Master’s Degree from The Slade School of Fine Art in 2014, having received the Euan Uglow Memorial Scholarship. She completed her Bachelors in Fine Art Painting, 2012, from The University of Brighton with First Class Honors. She is currently studying for a Masters in Art Psychotherapy at Lasalle College of the Arts and is a recipient of the Lasalle Scholarship for MA Studies.
Chloë’s work has been exhibited internationally with exhibitions in USA, UK, Italy, Israel and Singapore. She has collaborated extensively with artists, musicians, clothing and interior designers on various projects around the world. Working between painting, print, video and installation, her work sits between experience and imagination, and considers the limits of representation in relation to the wholeness of experience.
Notable projects and exhibitions include ‘The Fruitfulness of Forgetting’, a solo exhibition at The British High Commissioner’s residence in Singapore with Art Porters Gallery (SG 2019), ‘Palma Viva’, a 14m public installation at Changi City Point (SG 2018); a 25m mural at Facebook HQ Singapore as part of FB AIR programme (SG 2018), ‘The Deepest Blue’ exhibition at Block 7 Gillman Barracks (SG 2018), a solo show at NPE Art Residency and Gallery (SG 2017), The Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair (UK 2017), Multiplied at Christies Auction House (UK, 2015) and a commission by Università Cattolica UCSC Milan, for Expo Milan 2015 and the Vatican Pavilion at Expo (IT). She recently ended her term as Artist in Residence at The Winstedt School, Singapore. Previous artist residencies include The Vagabond Hotel (SG, 2018); South Hampstead High School (UK 2016/17) and The Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency, ( CA, USA 2015).
Working between observation and found imagery, my work evokes a sense of exotic escapism, whilst commenting on our inherent compulsion to bring nature indoors. Taking inspiration from intricate patterns, the natural landscape and the wilds of my imagination, my work reflects on how we inhabit space through visual identity. I am interested in the process by which imagination can intrude on physical space, influencing how people establish a connection to it. In unknown environments, spaces are re-negotiated, shaping our memories and identity in the landscape.
Deconstructing memories and direct experience into simple forms, my works sit between experience and imagination, and considers the limits of representation in relation to the wholeness of experience. Exploring the fragility of vision and ideas of remixing reality, I think about the relationship between individual and collective memory, my identity within space and my forged identity within new spaces.