Sam Lo,

32, Vis­ual Artist and Founder of Project XIV @skl0_

CLEO (Singapore) - - DEAR SINGAPORE - lah.”

We all know her as “Sticker Lady” – the artist who spray painted “My Grand­fa­ther Road” at pedes­trian cross­ings, and stuck stick­ers that said “Press Once Can Al­ready” and “Any­how Paste Kena Fine” on traf­fic light but­tons. Now, six years af­ter her ar­rest, Sam Lo has set up an artist man­age­ment and con­tent con­sul­tancy agency called Project XIV.

“As a free­lancer, you have to do a whole bunch of stuff, like sort out pa­per­work, chase for pay­ment, go to these meet­ings and sell your­self, all at the same time,” ex­plains Sam. “If we could free that up for artists, it would give them more time to fo­cus on the cre­ative work it­self.” The im­pact of her ar­rest: “The whole ex­pe­ri­ence it­self was so over­whelm­ing. There was a pe­ti­tion to lessen my sen­tence that got more than 15,000 sig­na­tures. That was amaz­ing, but it didn’t reg­is­ter for me back then be­cause I was in shock. I also be­came more vis­i­ble af­ter the ar­rest, and I found my­self in this unique po­si­tion where I’m an ur­ban artist but I can’t cre­ate art like how I used to. On the other hand, I get clients who give me a stream of work. I recog­nise that I’m lucky to be in this po­si­tion, to ac­tu­ally still be able to keep do­ing what I want to do.”

Her notoriety: “For the first three years af­ter the whole thing, I was strug­gling with my iden­tity and what I was go­ing to do. I mean, I have a diploma in Food Sci­ence and a de­gree in Busi­ness Man­age­ment – I wasn’t plan­ning to be an artist. But af­ter that hap­pened, I started to learn how to paint and started sculpt­ing. I never went to art school, so I had to play catch-up.

I hated the “Sticker Lady” la­bel at that time, be­cause I was so over­whelmed by what was hap­pen­ing. I didn’t know how to ad­dress it, so I didn’t want to be known as that any­more. It was only a cou­ple of years later that I made peace with that, was kin­der to my­self, and em­braced my past. That was when I could visit my old work with­out feel­ing re­sent­ment. That was when I painted that gi­ant [and le­gal] “My Grand­fa­ther Road” across Cir­cu­lar Road in 2016. It was a very big mo­ment for me.” Why she’s stay­ing in Sin­ga­pore: “My work is heav­ily in­spired by the peo­ple here. I still feel like I have things to say. I’m not done yet. Plus, this is home,

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