Mary Ber­nadette Lee,

33, Artist @mry­dette

CLEO (Singapore) - - DEAR SINGAPORE -

As an artist, Mary doesn’t just pro­duce art­works – she also guides other peo­ple to­wards pro­duc­ing some­thing of their own via her work­shops. Some are open to the pub­lic, while oth­ers are de­signed for chil­dren, peo­ple who strug­gle with men­tal health isses, or those from less priv­i­leged back­grounds.

When she de­cided she wanted to be

an artist: “When I was 13, I had this art teacher who was very nur­tur­ing. When, say, we’d have to draw toma­toes dur­ing art class, I’d pick colours that my friends wouldn’t think of us­ing like pur­ple, green and blue to bring out the high­lights of the tomato. My teacher would dis­play my work in the class­room, and even asked me to stay back af­ter school for ad­di­tional art classes. She helped me find my light, and now I want to do the same for oth­ers.”

On art as a heal­ing medium: “I want to make art ac­ces­si­ble for peo­ple – es­pe­cially for those who might not have ac­cess to the re­sources or pro­cesses that al­low them to go a bit deeper into them­selves. [When it comes to deal­ing with psy­cho­log­i­cal is­sues], medicine doesn’t do that. It cov­ers the symp­toms, but doesn’t help you un­der­stand why you feel that way in the first place, and what are the steps you can take to move away from that.”

Her most mean­ing­ful work so

far: “I’m cur­rently work­ing with Lien Foun­da­tion and Ob­jec­tifs on a project about care­giv­ing. There are eight artists in­volved in this, in­clud­ing my­self. For my con­tri­bu­tion, I’m guid­ing autis­tic chil­dren and their care­givers to cre­ate a piece of pot­tery to­gether. Clay is a ma­te­rial that re­ally re­quires your at­ten­tion. It’s very de­pen­dent on water. Too much or too lit­tle can cause the ves­sel to crack or col­lapse, and I think that’s a beau­ti­ful metaphor for love.”

I want to make art ac­ces­si­ble for peo­ple – es­pe­cially for those who might not have ac­cess to the re­sources or pro­cesses.”

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