We match cover girl Oon Shu An with the right Singapore Art Week events.
By PAMELA HO
Oon Shu An is one busy girl. You probably know her from MediaCorp Channel 5’s Code of Law (2015) or Mata Mata (2016), but this talented Singaporean actress has also appeared in the Netflix series Marco Polo (2014) and feature films Our Sister Mambo (2015) and 4 Love (2016). Come 2017, you’ll see her in a brand-new TV series, Meet the MP. “Right now, I’m filming a travel series and developing my #UnicornMoment stuff!” Oon reveals, referring to new spin-offs from the one-woman play she wrote and performed in with Checkpoint Theatre in 2014.
With her crazy schedule, it would be tough to explore all of Singapore Art Week 2017. We ask Oon to describe herself in three words, so we can recommend the most suitable events for her. Says the LASALLE College of the Arts alumna of herself, “Introspective. Curious. Intellectual.”
WE RECOMMEND The Bizarre Honour
She will get to wander on her own in an old two-storey house that has been transformed into an immersive installation (a house of curiosities of sorts), soak in images from a time when tigers were pests in colonial Singapore to the killing of our last tiger in 1930, and reflect on man’s relationship with nature through Singapore’s history.
WE RECOMMEND Contemplations
If she knows little about Persian calligraphy, she might be curious to discover Golnaz Fathi, one of the few women in Iran to excel in traditional Islamic calligraphy, a largely male-dominated discipline. Fathi presents her abstract works inspired by Persian calligraphy, as well as unveils for the first time, a series of expressionist paintings and drawings created with the ballpoint pen!
WE RECOMMEND Insights Into Conservation Challenges
How do we care for artworks? She may find it intellectually stimulating to listen to experts share on the challenges they face in conserving artworks from different mediums, while showcasing selected conserved works from the National Gallery’s collection. Lots for her to learn!
CUSTOMISE YOUR OWN ITINERARY!
Initiated by the National Arts Council, Singapore Tourism Board and Economic Development Board, SAW 2017 will see a line-up of about 100 events happening across the island from 11 to 22 Jan. Whether you’re a serious art collector or a curious newbie, you can customise your own personal itinerary by taking a fun quiz at www.isaw.sg.