In a triumph of creativity and innovation over environmental adversity, 20 Singaporean artists have been brought together by The MeshMinds Foundation to share their visions for the sustainable development of people and our planet through a unique online only exhibition. Featuring original artworks with the theme of ‘Sustainable Singapore’ and the Sustainable Development Goals, the exhibition is the first-of-its-kind with artworks being produced with the help of Procreate and other digital tools.
Each artist used AR app Artivive to apply layers of animated storytelling to static artworks in order to draw attention to various environmental issues affecting Singapore and the world at large. Ranging from quick loops to complex narrative stories, each piece delivers a thought-provoking message on a diverse range of environmental themes and issues.
Founder of The MeshMinds Foundation, Kay Vasey, said, “We believe that artists are some of the best placed people on the planet that can use knowledge, creativity and innovation to drive positive transformation in all sectors of society. By guiding artists to harness the power of technology, we can create more engaging works with powerful narratives that can change the world.”
André Wee is an experimental illustrator known for combining art and technology to raise awareness of environmental issues. His work Pangolin brings his theme of ‘conservation is possible without cages’ to life wonderfully well. His obviously well-honed illustrative talents are heightened by deft storytelling and impressive animation. Contrasting soft, vibrantly colored organic brush strokes with stark lo-fi digital black and white imagery helps caps off what is a well-constructed and impactful looping story of nature versus humanity.