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Edwin Chen's Fantastical Queer Portraits

Edwin Chen is an artist-illustrator who does ink-on-paper works. His interests as an artist include relational aesthetics and creating socially engaging art.

His art can be found here: @drawwins

“I mainly explore the physical and emotional dimensions of the gay identity in Singapore, drawing from my own experiences as well as that of my friends’.”

“A Warm Little Pond”

“A Warm Little Pond”

“While I’m asking questions about our local queer community’s history and future, I’m also concerned about the issues within our queer community - racism, androcentrism/misogyny, ageism, AIDS education, mental health - that aren’t addressed enough.”

“A Tempestuous Love Within”

“A Tempestuous Love Within”

“I am always thinking about how to make my art a more meaningful platform for myself and my audience. Sometimes the medium of illustration does lack dynamism or appear superficial and I’m trying to break out of that. In the flux of this age, I think just drawing pretty things on paper doesn’t really suffice anymore.”

“A Mountain Hare & The Hunting Man”

“A Mountain Hare & The Hunting Man”

“Despite their gloomy achromatism, I think my works are ultimately optimistic. They contain the hopes I have for myself and the local queer community. I just don’t want them to be read as celebratory, sensational or sexual; I want my art to create an introspective, sobering space.”

“To witness tangible progress as a community, we need to focus on improving our human relationships within the community. Hopefully my art will be another catalyst for queer people to connect with each other, or at least contribute to building a more loving community.“

“Borders”

“Borders”

“Humans, relationships, and my own life motivate me to make art,. I feel so ignorant and I try to use my art to help me navigate through the social, cultural and political realities - as well as histories - around me. Art also offers me a way to explore my own identity and confront truths that are buried in my subconscious. More importantly it also provides me a chance to understand the people around me more intimately.”

“Luxuriation I”

“Luxuriation I”

“I’m also really inspired by all the young queer artists around me. There’s something very tender and courageous about our generation - we have only recently started to discover our potential, and are beginning to use our voices to fight for something. And I’m excited to be part of this imminent movement.”