Hong-Ling Wee: Making Art

Hong-Ling Wee: Making Art


Hello, I’m Luyi and this is SEAMseries. SEAM spoke to Hong-Ling Wee, a New York-based ceramic artist. We asked her this question: What do you think is the status of art in Southeast Asia and what advice do you have for Southeast Asian youths who want to get more involved in this field? So I think that in Southeast Asia, how
we can move away from Western art is to really look into our own background and our own history. So for example, Singapore is sort of Western and Eastern at the same time. So in terms of my own work, I don’t make things that are just Western or just Eastern. I make things that I relate to. Things that are meaningful to me, the objects that matter in my life. I think that Southeast Asia has very rich traditions, culture and heritage and we don’t always have to look
westward to take a step towards being a professional in the craft you have to put yourself out there and
then you are now standing in the place of being judged and you’re now
very vulnerable. But without that step, and if you keep yourself very safe all the time, it limits the impact that you can make, the difference that you can make in the world. Thank you for joining us on SEAMseries.
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