Today we are proud to feature a local visual artist Singapore , or visualist Nurul Izzaty and a freelance artist in the industry.
Hello Izzaty! Please share with us more about yourself.
My name is Izzaty and I call myself a visualist. I am 25 and I graduated recently with a degree in Fine Arts at Lasalle College of the Art. I have been a freelance artist for several years now. For me, I do commissioned works like painting, mural, digital designs as well as hand embroidery.
What’s your inspiration and drive behind your art practice? How does it differ from Artist Celine’s style?
My dream has always been to be able to make full use of my art skills that I have honed since I was a student. As a kid, I never knew what it meant to be an artist. I just followed what seemed natural to me.
Now I am aware of it. And being aware is being an artist. Having passion and career co existing together can be quite a challenge.
Some might say it is unattainable. I don’t think I will ever lose passion in art because everything in life is art. I live and breathe art. How we live our lives is art. Hence, my inspirations also varied. It could be about someone closed to me, about me or even my mundane routine.
From my original training, I have settled comfortably into painting as this medium resonates with me most at present.
But I would say that I see my practice much less as being about what medium I use, than the approaches that I take.
I guess the kinds of questions I find myself asking, not so much answers to but the process of investigation.
So perhaps maybe that’s what distinguishes my craft from Celine’s. I do enjoy painting, but I am open to other mediums like video or photographic works as well.
Variety is the spice of life and I will always take a chance on something new at least once, even if it’s way outside of my comfort zone.
Where does your passion lie?
For me, my passion lies in something that are always changing and shifting. Don’t you think that it’s utterly amazing and scary how little do we know about ourselves?
Like we know we want to follow our passion, but we don’t know what that passion is. We know about our fears, but we don’t know how easily we can overcome them.
Which is why I love the thrill I get from making the impossible happen. It’s fulfilling to see results after putting your effort and energy into it. Therefore, it is important to always unlearn and relearn things because we are constantly evolving.
What are your favourite designs/pieces? How long did you take to complete those works?
This is and this isn’t my family – was by far my favourite artwork as it was the most intimate and personal work. It was a truly rewarding feeling when you push yourself beyond your limits and realising that you have the potential to create something new and radical. It took me approximately 3 months to fully complete the entire project.
My goal is to attain a career where I can express my artistic talent and passion for art as well as open my mind in ways that I could never do in other fields. Becoming an artist educator could be a possible path in the next 3 years.
What’s your take on the current art scene here?
I think Singapore’s thriving arts scene has matured over the years and is definitely growing rapidly. However, I do believe that more can be done for the sustainability of the arts in the long term.
For example, utilising more use of technology effectively as well as providing greater access to a wide range of arts experiences so that the arts will truly become a part of every individual.