Ali­cia Wee,

28, Bub­ble Wrap Artist @aleeloulalei

CLEO (Singapore) - - DEAR SINGAPORE -

The beau­ti­ful thing about art is it en­cour­ages you to think out of the box. For Ali­cia, her eureka mo­ment came when she was work­ing on her fi­nal year project at LASALLE Col­lege of the Arts. She was cre­at­ing an in­spi­ra­tion jour­nal to help peo­ple over­come cre­ative blocks by mak­ing them more aware of their sur­round­ings. It was then that she re­alised she could use bub­ble wrap as her can­vas.

“There’s another bub­ble wrap artist, Bradley Hart, who in­jects paint into bub­ble wrap. I paint on the flat side of the bub­ble wrap, within the cir­cles,” ex­plains Ali­cia. “It’s like pixel art!”

How she jug­gles her art ca­reer

and a full-time job: “I pro­duced my first bub­ble wrap paint­ing six years ago. It took me about two weeks – I’d come back home from a full day of work, and then pick up the brush at 10pm to start paint­ing, usu­ally a cou­ple of hours at a time. It’s eas­ier and much faster now that I’m cur­rently on a break.” Why she loves paint­ing por­traits: “Por­traits are amaz­ing, be­cause ev­ery fea­ture or ex­pres­sion is unique to each por­trait. To me, this is one of the hard­est things to mas­ter be­cause ev­ery fea­ture is so in­tri­cate and im­por­tant. If you screw up even the slight­est pro­por­tion, the en­tire por­trait would look re­ally weird.” On Sin­ga­pore and its art scene: “I feel like over the years, we’ve be­come more open to art and artists. It must have been tougher for the older gen­er­a­tion, be­cause I’m sure grow­ing up they’d have heard stuff like, ‘Oh, you want to be an artist? How are you go­ing to make a liv­ing?’, but we’re open­ing up and be­com­ing more ac­cept­ing of that now. Peo­ple for­get that Sin­ga­pore doesn’t have much of an art his­tory com­pared to other coun­tries.”

It must have been tougher for the older gen­er­a­tion. I’m sure grow­ing up they’d have heard stuff like, ‘Oh, you want to be an artist? How are you go­ing to make a liv­ing?’”

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