NATALIE KWEE
 

Born 1988

Singapore

 
Artwork
<b> 6PM Act</b><br/>archival ink on acid-free, cold press watercolour paper<br/><br/>40.6 x 20.3 cm<br/>2016<br/>
<b>12 Days Later</b><br/>archival ink on acid-free, cold press watercolour paper<br/><br/>40.6 x 20.3 cm<br/>2016<br/>
<b>Decorated Ducks</b><br/>archival ink on acid-free, cold press watercolour paper<br/><br/>40.6 x 20.3 cm<br/>2016<br/>
<b> Fake It Till You Make It</b><br/>archival ink on acid-free, cold press watercolour paper<br/><br/>40.6 x 20.3 cm<br/>2016<br/>SOLD
<b>Field Day</b><br/>archival ink on acid-free, cold press watercolour paper<br/><br/>40.6 x 20.3 cm<br/>2016<br/>

Natalie Kwee's works often deal with daily life. As a trained architect, who has worked for the likes of Tadao Ando and Bjarke Ingels Group, she founded PEEPnPRESS, an online service that specialises in bespoke and corporate illustrations. She has collaborated with Clarins, OCBC Bank, SingPost and Monica Vinader.

 

In the Facade series, Natalie uses the colloquial nature of illustration to explore the illusion of purpose in everyday life and the struggle to bring meaning to our existence. Through the creation of an alternate universe filled with bizarre creatures and fantastical scenarios, the work provides a comfortable distance from which we are invited to question the heavy topic of our reality. Upon closer inspection, the intricacies of this great lie we're all trying to uphold begin to reveal themselves. But do not despair! The hopefulness that arises from self-reflection flows freely out of this world less serious than ours.

 

Education

2013 Cornell University, Ithaca NY, Bachelor of Architecture, College of Art, Architecture, & Planning, Thesis Prize

 

Awards

Workplace of the Future, First Prize - 2014
Charles Goodwin Sands Memorial, Thesis Prize - 2013
Design for Death (Architecture), Finalist - 2013
ArchMedium TRC Competition, Finalist - 2013
AIANYS Student Award, Winner - 2012