I share a common fascination with many people, a deep yearning to find out who we are, who I am. Am I real? Or have I just imagined myself into existence?
Among the many answers to these un-answerable questions, I have learned that consciousness is the key to everything, that ghosts and higher dimensions are connected, that truth might be a holographic reality, and that life is too beautiful and complex to be the product of random chance.
As a multi-disciplinary practitioner, my work sits in the overlap between science and spirituality. The key influences for my work are many, including theoretical physics, sacred geometry, and theories of higher dimensions. Consciousness is a big player in this arena, and as I soon discovered, it is the key that opens many doors and the thing that connects us all.
In my practice, every stage of the creative process is an opportunity to evolve my work, so the outcome is often not by design but by evolution.
In 2013, Mona 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, and her work draws heavily from the intersection of science and spirituality (not be confused with religion).
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, and resulted in six workshops conducted at the V&A for the participation of the staff and public.
Commissions include two sculpture installations for AURA restaurant and wine bar located inside the National Gallery of Singapore in 2015, and artwork commissioned by the Financial Times and RBS Coutts for their annual ‘Women In Asia’ Awards in 2010, among others.
Choo’s professional experience includes conducting printmaking workshops at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and for the MA Art & Science course at Central Saint Martins. She has been invited to exhibit, represent and coordinate the Singapore delegates to the inaugural Printmaking Triennial in Macao S.A.R. Her public speaking engagements include the Victoria & Albert Museum; Pop-Up Singapore House in London, part of the London Design Festival; the inaugural postgraduate art and science symposium ‘State of Matter: collisions and connections in Art and Science’ held at Central Saint Martins in 2013; and most recently, at the Art Forum in the University of Tasmania.
Mona Choo 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 more recent exhibition was a solo show in 2016 at The Penny Contemporary in Hobart, Tasmania.