Upclose with Amanda Heng

What are some themes that you constantly explore in your works?
They are heavily based on appropriation and my interest in everyday life. As an arts educator, I have always been intrigued by my differences with the younger generation as well as the problems they face. In fact my latest interactive work Performance Karaoke was inspired during my stint teaching students from Maris Stella High School in Malaysia. It also serves as my commentary on youth’s fascination with new media and technology.
Why was your mother involved in the creative process of works like Another Woman?
I involved my mother because I had the compelling need to explain to her why I made the choice to quit my regular job and create art. The entire process was therapeutic as we learnt so much about each other during the process.
How does presenting your exhibitions to a worldwide audience affect your subject matter?
The more international I ventured, the more my works became increasingly local. I felt it was my duty to engage these audiences with a distinctively Singaporean identity despite the universal values that resonated in them.
As a veteran artist, what do you hope to convey with your works?
Art shouldn’t be put on a pedestal. It is an essential part of life and our
need to value ourselves.
The exhibition is on through Jan 1 2012 at Singapore Art Museum.