Lucinda Law, botan­i­cal artist and found­ing di­rec­tor of Within & Co

Esquire (Singapore) - - Feature -

What be­gan as a ca­sual hobby bloomed into a full-time ca­reer for Law, who has worked on com­mis­sioned projects for Le­ica, Changi Air­port Group and Chanel. I started paint­ing when I was 17 years old. [I came across] a book ti­tled The Magic and Medicine of Plants in my house one day. In­spired by the botan­i­cal illustrations in­side the book, I taught my­self botan­i­cal wa­ter­colour paint­ing. The prac­tice brought me com­plete cre­ative joy and med­i­ta­tive peace and I con­tin­ued to be a ‘bed­room’ painter for the next three years. A deep in­stinct urged me to start paint­ing again two years ago when I started my na­ture-led cre­ative stu­dio, Within. I got my first gig as the first artist to il­lus­trate the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Sin­ga­pore. One thing led to another and I found my­self where I’m meant to be.

In my na­ture-led arts work­shops and cre­ative re­treats, I help fe­male working pro­fes­sion­als gain the cre­ative con­fi­dence they may have some­how lost along the way. Ad­di­tion­ally, I get to de­sign syl­labuses to en­hance our guests’ im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence with the beauty of na­ture and con­nect them to its ther­a­peu­tic ben­e­fits. As a botan­i­cal artist, I cre­ate works that ex­plore re­la­tion­ships be­tween peo­ple, plants and planet while liv­ing a life closer to na­ture.

I feel a sense of grat­i­tude to be in Sin­ga­pore to be do­ing the kind of work I do—to be sur­rounded by an abun­dance of botan­i­cal in­spi­ra­tions and ac­cess to the re­sources for my re­search and projects. Most im­por­tantly, as a fe­male artist and cre­ative en­tre­pre­neur born and raised in Sin­ga­pore, I’m thank­ful to have the in­cred­i­ble sup­port from so many peo­ple for the op­por­tu­ni­ties they’ve pro­vided and their ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the work.

What goes on, most of the time, is back­ground work in­volv­ing re­search, doc­u­men­ta­tion and paint­ing of plants, epe­cially of the na­tive species or species from around the re­gion. I’m working to­wards projects that will bring both the beauty and func­tion of the plants to the fore­ground as well as cre­at­ing an art­work com­mis­sioned by Dip­tyque. My team and I are ex­cited about our up­com­ing na­tureled cre­ative re­treats in Chi­ang Mai (3 to 10 Novem­ber) and Hawaii (23 Fe­bru­ary to 4 March 2019). We’re also col­lab­o­rat­ing with brands such as Banyan Tree and Changi Air­port to cre­ate botan­i­cal-in­spired mer­chan­dise. I’ve a paint­ing sched­ule and list of plants to paint lined up for a year-end ex­hi­bi­tion, com­mis­sions, book projects and ex­hi­bi­tions for 2019. I re­cently worked with Changi Air­port Group, where my botan­i­cal wall­pa­per and paint­ings are in­stalled as the hoard­ings for the Ar­rival Hall of Ter­mi­nal 1.

In 2016, Lucinda Law was ap­pointed as Sin­ga­pore’s brand per­son­al­ity for the launch of Chanel No. 5 L’eau to cre­ate an il­lus­tra­tion of Chanel No. 5 and three videos on her art jour­ney with the French brand.

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