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    London Art | Angelica Kauffman at the Royal Academy

    I’ve been researching Angelica Kauffman and her London self-portraits for a few years now — and have now completed my PhD! — and it’s been my dream to see this exhibition of her works in person. The Royal Academy of Arts (RA) in London had planned to hold this exhibition in 2020, but the pandemic came and disrupted these plans. I was so excited when I found out that the Royal Academy was going to re-stage the exhibition Angelica Kauffman this year, and so I absolutely had to visit London to see it!

    I think it goes without saying that I loved the show, and to me it’s worth 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. While I had seen a couple of Kauffman’s artworks before, it was amazing to see so much more in person (where I had only viewed them in books or online).

    | Cover picture: Detail of Self-portrait at the Crossroads between the Arts of Music and Painting |

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    Art of 2023

    2023 was a very big and important year for me — most of it was fussing over the impending deadline of completing my PhD dissertation, which I made in time!! While that was a major milestone, I’m glad to see now at the end of the year that I still made time and took breaks to see art and spend time with friends and family, which is also so important! This year, I decided to share my main highlights and favourites for the art of 2023 in Singapore.

    | Cover Picture: Robert Indiana, LOVE Blue Faces Red Sides, 1966–1999, polychrome aluminium |

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    Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience | Singapore & London

    As what this blog post title suggests, I’ve been to Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience twice! While I was in London last year, I knew I had to check this out, but little did I know it would also come to Singapore in 2023! I couldn’t resist the temptation to go once more — in my home city! I really enjoyed the experience as a whole, and below I share photos and my review of Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience at both locations.

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    Art of 2022

    Happy new year! It’s yet another new year and that comes with all the feels – surreal, crazily fast, exciting?! I may be getting ready to dive into the new year and all that it’ll bring (PhD completion, please), but first up, here is my roundup of art exhibitions and museum-going in 2022! I didn’t share reviews of exhibitions that showed in Singapore in the past year, because I didn’t feel ‘wow-ed’ enough by them, but I realise now that I still saw so much art!

    | Cover picture: Hiromi Tango, Dr Emma Burrows and Dr Tilman Dingler, Wheel, 2021, at ArtScience Museum’s MENTAL: Colours of Wellbeing |

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    PhD in a Pandemic

    Ah hahaha, a PhD in a pandemic, you say? Crazily enough, my current reality — and I almost laugh about this in incredulity or in bitterness at different points in time. So, so much has happened since the last time I properly updated about my academic studies here on Wording Art since October 2020, and I feel like now is the right time to sit down, a cup of tea on the side, music playing in the background, and reflect on everything. I just went through my old Academia posts beginning from 2018 (see this category here), and it’s amazing how my sentiments then still remain true — making decisions and planning for the future with Prospect and Refuge in mind, and drawing from the wise and amusing words of Lewis Carroll time and again.

    Perhaps the one-line summary is this: Doing a PhD is always going to be difficult, and doing anything in a pandemic makes everything more difficult still — but I recognise how incredibly blessed I’ve been with all the people, opportunities and support I’ve been surrounded with, and I truly value all of these.

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