Nudity in art is nothing surprising but for 21 year old Adlyn, there is a deeper message she is hoping to convey. Her artwork is her semblance of solace and whilst the society is so obsessed with surgically altering one’s self AND romanticizing insecurities, Adlyn’s art is not about portraying perfection but confidence. As Tyra Banks once said, You + Your Flaws + Awesome = FLAWSOME.
Here we sat down to have a chat with the artist herself.
Why do you do what you do?
First and foremost, I enjoy making art. The freedom to express yourself is important and I do it by doing what I do because honestly, I’m not good at talking and conveying messages verbally is something I struggle with.
What is your background?
After failing O’s, I decided to take a different route because I realized that I wasn’t good with numbers or any of that academic stuff. I pursued art in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and took Fine Arts as my major. I must say, I think it turned out pretty awesome.
What inspired your art, specifically your embroidery?
I discovered embroidery art about 2 years ago, during a research class. So I guess I’m fairly new. Ghada Amer was actually the first artist that I came across who does embroidery art and I fell in love almost instantly. Her subject matter and mine are similar so I knew in some crazy way, I felt connected to her work.
Inspired by Ghada Amer.
How did you feel after completing your first hoop?
The first time I ever sewed a piece was actually the first time I ever sewed. I was surprised at how beautiful it looked – I was really proud of myself.
How long does it take to complete one hoop?
About a few hours. It’s really easy to get in the zone when you’ve tuned out the world.
What were the reactions you were receiving pertaining to your art?
I do a lot of nudity in my work and surprisingly, people, even my parents, were supportive. I have people coming up to me saying that I should do more, or even bigger pieces. Maybe it’s because it’s visually pleasing or they understand the message I’m trying to convey. I don’t think I’ve done any work that is too controversial or provocative.. someday maybe!
In relation to your artwork, what are your views on body positivity and why?
Ultimately, a lot of my work are about celebrating women; their body, strength, and sexuality. This is so cliche but it’s so important to be happy in the skin you are in, no matter how you look or what size you are. When you are accepting of who you are, you are confident in everything you do, and isn’t that what we should all aim for?
What role does an artist have in society?
Without art, life would be dull, it would be boring. I think artists see things differently and they use that to create life, a masterpiece out of something, to bring out colours, emotions that you never thought possible. They take risks, challenge the norm, taking old trends, and shaping them into something new. To always push the boundaries.
What’s integral to the work of an artist?
Knowing the basics is the most important thing you should know as an artist and of course, imagination.
What has been a seminal experience?
I’ve explored a lot of different mediums; oil, watercolour, inking, and illustrations to even using glue for an entire year (for my final year project), and I thought I’d give hand embroidery a try. I find it really calming and love it’s aesthetics. I feel it works really well with my subject matters, so I’m sticking to it for a while.
Out of all your artwork, which is your favourite?
The beauty in an uncompleted work, leaves you to imagine the possibilities.