28, Bubble Wrap Artist @aleeloulalei
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?’”