“I am drawn to dreamy tones, they are softer and more feminine. It expresses a gentler side to things.”

Bbblob is a moniker of the Singaporean visual artist and designer Jacelyn Zhen. Growing up, she has always been inclined towards art and eventually went to school for fashion design. Now, Jacelyn works both as a brand designer and a visual artist. Her works include various mediums such as murals, printmaking, painting and sculpture. 

Artist Bbblob in her workspace with one of her creations.

Jacelyn’s works explore harmony in form and colour. Bright, vivid and organic shapes interact with one another to represent our relationship with ourselves and others. The artist's goal is to capture a sense of balance and movement within the fleeting landscape of feelings. Abundant and vibrant, her work mirrors the perpetual evolution and ever-changing temporal state of human emotions.

INTERVIEW WITH THE ARTIST

Q. What does your moniker Bbblob mean? And how did it come about? Do you think it is in any way related to your art?

A. Bbblob is a play on the sound of water. It symbolises bodies of emotions moving and flowing like waves. It came to me as I was inspired by water as a symbol. My art is about expressing emotional states and Bbblob represents an organic state that is always changing.

Bbblob, Leap, Acrylic on Woodcut.

LEAP
Acrylic on Woodcut

Q. You stated that your works aim to explore the transient nature of emotions. Can you tell us how you arrived at this intention and what are your artistic approaches and strategies for it?

A. I am inspired by how we are constantly experiencing a flux of emotions within ourselves and between one another. I like to express this transient nature through balancing form and colours.

Leap, Acrylic on Woodcut.


Q. Since you are trying to capture harmony in your art, what message or emotions are you trying to convey? And why is harmony important for you?

A. Harmony is when one finds balance within the flow of emotions. It is in constant motion, changing with the movement of emotions. Creating a sense of harmony in the landscape of form and color helps me express the balance that we can find within ourselves and with others. It’s a very intuitive process of the self.

Echoes, Hand woven Wool.

ECHOES
Hand woven Wool

Q. Your works are mainly in a pastel tone. Is there any reason that you choose such colours?

A. I am drawn to dreamy tones, they are softer and more feminine. It expresses a gentler side to things. I also like injecting pops of bright colour to balance the pastels and to express the joy we experience in the state of harmony.

ECHOES, Hand woven Wool.


Q. Could you share your inspiration for the organic shapes in your works?

A. My organic shapes are inspired by nature and the human form. I enjoy live drawing sessions and I often draw parallels between the human form and forms found in nature.

LUSH ISLAND, Acrylic on Paper Collage.

LUSH ISLAND
Acrylic on Paper Collage

Q. Can you share with us your process of creating each artwork? 

A. I usually start with sketches on my iPad. Then, I create the pieces as collages, on canvases or make woodcuts.

A work in progress in the studio of Bbblob.


Q. It seems like you also integrated your artistic style into other fields, such as brand identity and mural design. Do you have any insights regarding your works in different disciplines?

A. My works are based on communicating through symbols. They are very visual. When expressed as artworks, they are abstract in form. I also express through other platforms like brand design, murals and textiles. These different disciplines are all versions of my identity. 

NIGHT LIGHTS, Acrylic on Woodcut.

NIGHT LIGHTS
Acrylic on Woodcut

Q. Do you think your fashion background influences your artworks today? How did you depart from fashion design and eventually do what you are doing now?

A. My fashion background has influenced my eye for form and colour. I started painting again and collaborated on other graphic design projects that led me to branding. I was also working with a mural collective to paint murals.

VELVET GARDEN, Oil on Canvas.

Q. Do you have a proudest piece of artwork to share?

A. My proudest work is the series I created for my group show, Shapeshifter, which exhibited at Uprise Art Gallery in New York earlier this April.

At the shapeshifter exhibition

Q. Are you inspired by any other form of artistic or creative discipline/s?

A. I am inspired by music. I love listening to indie electronic sounds, and going to gigs. Colour and sound are inseparable. Different tones and hues complement one another.

VELVET GARDEN, Oil on Canvas.

VELVET GARDEN
Oil on Canvas

Q. Are there any other artistic approaches you would like to try in the future?

A. I am interested to explore other methods of applying paint like airbrushing or using resin moulds. I’m also currently exploring combining shaped canvas with wood and testing out metals.

The artist with her work.