Sam Lo: Trust your gut

Jan 31, 2020, 10:00 AM
Even if you don't know who Sam Lo is, you probably have seen her work in and around Singapore. She was the rebel artist who stuck "Press Until Shiok" and "Anyhow Paste Kena Fine" stickers at traffic lights, wrote the words "My Grandfather's Road" on Telegraph Street and on Circular Road on two occasions, and created the LIMPEH portraits series featuring our founding father Lee Kuan Yew.

Sam
was arrested in 2012 for vandalism. The following year, she was charged with 15 counts of mischief and was sentenced to 240 hours of community service. Her arrest, which sparked a public debate on whether her work was art or vandalism, set her on a journey to become one of the city's most recognised visual artists. Today, she continues to challenge notions of what makes us Singaporean.

Tune in to the latest episode of Buro's Brave Living to hear Sam spill the tea on how she became an artist, details of her arrest, its aftermath, and her views on the local art scene.

1:34 Growing up in Singapore and being an artist
She recollects her formative years in CHIJ Katong. A lot of her peers came out of school being more outspoken and expressive. Her time in school and her growing up in a traditional family made her who she is. She goes on to talk about an identity crisis post-arrest, as the media first called her a vandal, then an artist.
 
7:00 The chronicles of Sticker Lady
Sam shares details on the things she did leading up to her arrest in 2012, and what happened after she was released from lock-up. The attention and support she got through social media helped her and her family move on after the incident. Sentenced to 240 hours of community service, she put time in an old folks' home and connected with its residents the same way she had sought to connect with people through her art.

34:05 Collaborations
Together with her top collaborator Soph O (@waywardclouds), they formed UCA (Unknown Chinese Artists) creating murals around Singapore. Also, apart from working with governmental boards such as the Singapore Tourism Board and different brands, she produces works internationally. Her recent work for Nike is featured on a wall at Changi Jewel.

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