Charmaine Koh


I am an artist and writer currently based in the Bay Area, pursuing an MFA in Fine Art and an MA in Visual & Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. My practice explores the construction of identity and belonging in the context of my home country, Singapore, both as I have experienced them in my own life, and in terms of broader cultural phenomena. In the studio, I abstract disparate personal and cultural references, amalgamating them into imaginary worlds in paint and fabric. In my writing, I examine the economy of imagery and ideas through which notions of identity and belonging emerge and fluctuate. My most recent preoccupations in this regard are twofold: the intersection of colonial legacies, global influences, and tropical realities in relationships to nature; and the implications of popular portrayals of Singaporean public housing for ideas of community, the everyday, and the nation.