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About The Artist

Wilfred Lim (b.1988) graduated from Nanyang Technological University’s School of Art, Design and Media. He lived and grew up in a small fishing village at the seaside in Pengerang, southern Malaysia for 18 years before pursuing his education in Singapore. Drawing reference from classical paintings, his photographic images are often carefully staged to resemble surreal and whimsical tableaus.

Wilfred is the international winner of Undergraduate Award 2014 (Visual Art Category). He has also been awarded Noise Singapore Awards (Photography), 1st prize for Invisible Photographer Asia Photo Book Asia Award and 2nd place for Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017, Next Generation Award: Photo Story category.

State of Solitary #3 | 2020
By Wilfred Lim
Archival Inkjet Print on Ilford Smooth Cotton Rag Paper | Edition of 1/5, 2/5, 3/5, 4/5, 5/5 + 1 AP | 57cm x 80cm

"When the country plunged into stillness, my life’s usual routine ground to a halt. Alone, the secret rooms in my mind became the room which I lived in. Hours ticked slowly by. Instead of dulling into a stupor, I became acutely aware of the tormented aspects of my existence, and the banal objects that surrounded me. But I had to pierce through the torment of solitude—and shine a ray of hope—at least through rose coloured lenses. Kitchen scraps from the bin, wild flowers from a mad dash outside. Droll yet intimate. Form transcends the literal when springtime bursts from a clam, and garlic skins become a fashionable ruff on a hen’s neck. A dignified choir of anchovy heads. And a moment of fleeting tenderness when soap bubbles form a longed-for berry, too scarce at the half empty markets. I had all the time in the world."

State of Solitary is a documentation of the artist's state of mind during Singapore’s Circuit Breaker period from April to June 2020.

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