London, United Kingdom
About Mona Choo
In 2013, Choo graduated from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, with an MA in Art & Science. The course was pivotal in helping to expand Choo’s repertoire. Much of her work is heavily inspired by the intersection of science and spirituality, and this led Choo to diversify and grow her skill set, venturing into object-making and sculpture. In 2009, Choo was awarded the International Print Artist-In-Residence at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. The six-month residency enabled Choo to pursue her interest in the supernatural, consciousness and the metaphysical, through her art practice. In exploring the nature of our consciousness against the backdrop of a physical, material world, Choo’s residency proposal sought to investigate whether a person’s energy, and therefore their consciousness, could be ‘imprinted’ into an object when that person creates the object, or handles it, resulting in the notion that an object can be a kind of ‘energy storage vessel’, and has within it’s constitution a form of residual memory of a person’s life. The residency resulted in six workshops conducted at the V&A for the participation of the staff and public. In 2010, Choo was commissioned by the Financial Times and RBS Coutts for their annual ‘Women In Asia’ Awards. The four pieces of work from this commission was given to the winners as the award itself, and resulted in a solo exhibition and presentation of the awards in Singapore. Choo’s professional experience includes conducting printmaking workshops for children and adults at the Victoria & Albert Museum in 2012, and running a workshop at Central Saint Martins for the MA Art & Science course. In the same year, Choo was invited to exhibit, represent and coordinate the Singapore delegates to the inaugural Printmaking Triennial in Macao S.A.R. She has also spoken publicly at the Victoria & Albert Museum and at various events, including the Pop-Up Singapore House in London, part of the London Design Festival, in 2012, and at the inaugural postgraduate art and science symposium ‘State of Matter: collisions and connections in art and science’ held at Central Saint Martins in 2013. Mona Choo has been shortlisted for a number of group shows on numerous occasions since 2008. She has exhibited in the US, including New York, as well as London, Melbourne, Hong Kong and Singapore. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Singapore Art Museum, the collection of the Printmaking Research Centre of Macao, and private collections including the United Overseas Bank of Singapore, Leo Burnett, and personal collections in the UK, Switzerland, Australia, the US and Asia. Her most recent shows this year include ‘Encounters in Art & Science’ at the British Library; FloatArt London, part of the Mayor’s Thames Festival 2013; the Art Lacuna Prize at Art Lacuna SPACE, and she was also shortlisted for the neo:graduates 2013 prize, for which the exhibition is held at neo:gallery22 in Bolton, UK until December 2013. www.monachoo.com
AWARDS, RESIDENCIES, ACHIEVEMENTS
2013 Shortlisted for the neo:graduates2103 prize, Bolton, UK
2012 1st Macau Printmaking Triennial 2012 - invited to exhibit and to be the coordinator for Singapore’s participants and represent Singapore at the Opening Ceremony.
2012 Conducted a series of printmaking workshops at the Victoria & Albert Museum for families and young people.
2012 Invited to speak at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the residency programme.
2012 Invited to speak at Pop-Up Singapore House (P.U.S.H.) in London during the London Design Festival, UK.
2009 Victoria & Albert Museum International Printmaking Artist-in-Residence, UK.
1996 Highly Commended Award – 15th Annual Painting of the Year competition hosted by the United Overseas Bank of Singapore, Singapore.
2013 neo:graudates 2013, Bolton, UK
2013 Art Lacuna Prize, London, UK
2013 FloatArt London, Mayor’s Thames Festival, UK.
2013 The British Library, titled ‘Encounters in Art and Science’, London, UK.
2012/13 The Macau Printmaking Triennial, Macau
2012 The Rotunda at Exchange Square, Hong Kong
2011 The Affordable Art Fair, London, represented by ArtChinese
2011 Bloomsbury Art Fair, London
2010 Austin Gallery, London, titled ‘Collection 2010: D.A.Activist’
2009 Gallery de Vie, Hong Kong, titled ‘Collection 2010: D.A.Activist’
2009 The Rotunda at Exchange Square, Hong Kong, titled ‘Kaleidescope’ by Zonta II
2009 ARTSingapore 2009
2009 Cork Street Open, The Gallery at Cork Street, London, UK
2009 The Chelsea Art Fair, London, UK.
2009 Agora Gallery, New York, group show.
2008 ARTSingapore 2008
2008 Clara M Eagle Galery, Kentucky, USA, group show.
2008 Viridian Artists Gallery, New York, USA
2008 Hun Gallery, New York, USA
1998 Art 2, Singapore
1997 The Substation Art Gallery, Singapore, titled 'Art Power'
1996 United Overseas Bank, Singapore, Permanent Collection
1996 Singapore Art Museum, Singapore, Permanent Collection
1995 The Substation Art Gallery, Singapore, titled 'Two Way Traffic'
1995 Dixon Bate Gallery, Leeds, UK
1994 Coventry Gallery, London, UK, titled 'A festival of women's Art'
1994 Coventry Gallery, London, UK, titled 'Freshways in Printmaking'
1994 Redfield Exhibition Gallery, Winslow, UK, titled 'Women in Action'
1994 Dixon Bate Gallery, Leeds, UK, titled 'Aspects of the Body, Soul & The environment'
1993 Beint & Beint Gallery, London, UK, Degree Show
2010 ‘Women In Asia Awards’ Commissioned artist solo show at Eden Hall, Singapore
1999 Artemis Gallery, Melbourne Australia
1999 Klimt's Cafe Gallery, Singapore, Titled 'Guardian'
1999 DDB Singapore, Singapore
Awards, Commissions and Competitions
2013 Shortlisted for the neo:graduates prize, Bolton, UK
2013 Shortlisted for the Art Lacuna Prize, London, UK
2010 Commissioned by the FT and RBS Coutts for their annual Women In Asia Awards. Artworks given as the prize to the three award winners.
2009 Awarded the first International Printmaking Residency (Jan - June 2009) offered by the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK. Selection was held through a call for submissions open to non UK residents.
2009 Selected for group show, from nearly 550 submissions for the Cork Street Open, The Gallery at Cork Street, London, UK.
2008 International Juried Art Competition shortlist, Viridian Artists Gallery, New York, USA
2008 One of 45 winners out of 900 international submissions, selected to be in group show in Clara M. Eagle Gallery, Kentucky, USA
2008 New York International Juried Art Competition winner, Hun Gallery, New York, USA
1996 Highly Commended Award for the Taboo series of screen-prints titled ‘Crotch’ - 15th Annual Painting of the year competition hosted by United Overseas Bank, Singapore.