Sam Lo/SKL0: The Singaporean visual artist and creative director shares her life in six outfits
To scroll through multimedia artist — and, fascinatingly, former food lab technician — Sam Lo's Instagram feed (@skl0_) is to be struck by the breadth of her art, and art in general. Scale-wise, Lo's work can be as miniscule as a sticker or as monumental as a multistory mural; the serious-minded irreverence with which she interrogates culture has a universal David vs. Goliath appeal, and at the same time is wonderfully, specifically Singaporean.
On the international stage, Lo skyrocketed to notoriety as Singapore's 'Sticker Lady', for decorating traffic lights and other public areas with stickers bearing cheeky messages. The series saw her charged with vandalism before an online campaign prompted authorities to downgrade the charges to mischief, with a sentence of 240 hours of community service. A Pandora's box of debate surrounding freedom of expression in Singapore was opened, and Lo's central place in it was instantly cemented.
Thought-provoking visuals and social campaign aside, the art mirrors the artist, too. Just like her decals bearing cheeky messages, Lo's personal style is understated, yet quietly transgressive and charged with meaning. We asked the artist to unpack her life in fashion in the gallery above.
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