THE OVERNIGHT ARTIST SENSATION: PRIYAGEETHA DIA
Who she is: The 25-year-old artist whose impromptu transformation of an innocuous HDB staircase into a gold foil-flecked artwork launched a thousand think pieces.
Why know her: She’s this year’s Samantha Lo (aka Sticker Lady), or possibly our version of British artist Banksy. While Dia’s debut public work didn’t set out to be controversial, it did spark a national conversation on what constitutes art – can we say #achievementunlocked? For Dia, the exercise to “enhance her personal space” also brought her to cement her (art) signature – “the gold identity will remain with me in my future works”. In the months since, the recent Lasalle College of the Arts graduate has been part of New Majestic Hotel’s closing exhibition/ party, a group show held at Yellow Cage (an industrial space for creatives located at Geylang) that focused on multiculturalism in Singapore, a residency at the Science Centre Singapore and, most recently, a live performance art piece called “Ruang”.
What’s next: Expect Dia’s
Midas touch to take the form of a new public work in 2018.