PAINTING | INSTALLATION
Kayleigh's art practice reflects upon meditative and contemplative everyday urban experiences.
Interested in the psychological and poetic implications of spaces and places,
she works with architectural paintings, sculptures and spatial installations. As a lifetime city dweller,
she sees cement & wood as homely materials and explores them as main elements in her works.
The ultimate aim for her is to understand how art practice can bring solace.
A listener more than a speaker. A humble mental shelter for an overwhelming world.
Born Malaysian 1993, grew up living between both cities of Johor-Singapore, Kayleigh is currently based in Melbourne.
She is a Master's graduate in Contemporary Arts with VCA, University of Melbourne and
had completed her BA in Fine Arts with Singapore Lasalle College of the arts.
A City Orchestra, 2020 - Ongoing
Glass, wood, cement, stone, canvas, plants, ceramics, foraged items,
A New Materialist Psychogeography project
Master of Contemporary Arts, VCA,
The University of Melbourne Graduation Show.
This project draws on auto-ethnographic reflections on quotidian urban environments and is particularly driven by a curiosity for architectural spaces’ psychological and poetic meditations.
The environments that surround us continually influence a fluid sense of identity, itself interwoven with a rhizomatic, ever-changing material environment. Our identities are composed of complex, intricate unfixed elements, through which we experience a state of constant ‘becomings’.
A City Orchestra flows with this fluidity, opposed to a fixed state, as an unbound multi-faceted installation within and external to the white cube. The work is equal parts performance, process and residue, responding to the traditions of psycho-geography. It sees the city as a living organism, recognising seemingly inanimate elements and structures as living agents, acknowledging the various ‘voices’ in both coalescence and guidance of the Orchestra’s composition.
To Draw a Line: Reflections on Drawing as Form, 2021
School of Art, Design and Media, Singapore.
Curated by Marc Gloede
Images courtesy of ADM Gallery
"The question of what drawing is today - how it can be understood or redefined in the age of so-called post-media conditions-can be recognised as one of the most interesting discussions in art over the last 60 years. But, as much as the foundations of an understanding of drawing may have been shaken, room has been made for new perspectives and approaches.
To Draw a Line is an exhibition that pays tribute to these developments and takes a close look at the changing status of drawing. It combines historic works with those of a younger generation of artists whose approaches to drawing expand the discipline into other forms of representation, revealing an increasing independence of the form. The works highlight drawing as its own artform, along developments in minimalism and conceptual art, as well as non-Western discourses.
Drawings, as seen in this exhibition, connect these different fields as rational calculation and subjective expression, concept and materiality; and point to its relationship to sculpture and architecture in ways that further open up discussions of the gesture and the act of drawing. " - ADM Gallery
A Room of Thoughts, Bedroom Instagram Show, Online, 2020
A Room of Thoughts is a solo show presenting a series of paintings in her room.
This show is a curated as a compilation of thoughts that has emerged from the point of her room.
Similar to a personal dairy, the show is a journal of personal introspective thoughts.
The show will be published online in her own social media platform,
showing only “Traces” of the “Room of Thoughts”.
Like our individual introspective minds.
We are all fundamentally separated and one cannot truly fully understand another person.
No matter how deeply thoughts are shared there will always be a gap of understanding.
The Scent that Lingers, Yogya Art Lab Show, Indonesia, 2020
"Just as particular scents can transport us to the intimate moments of our lives, so do the spaces she creates. Marked by delicate, significant details, Kayleigh’s work mirrors the disjointed nature of memory – giving the viewer the agency to tell their own story. Despite this, Kayleigh is profoundly aware that these experiences can only be absorbed when we become present to the wonder of our everyday. She asks the audience to closely observe these small moments, giving them the power to linger just a little bit longer."
- Nicole Soriano
What are we Seeking to be, Shaping Geographies: Art, Women, Southeast Asia, Singapore, 2019
Curated by Dr Michelle Antoinette and Dr Wulan Dirgantoro
"Focusing on architectural forms and objects, Kayleigh Goh’s cement paintings on wood prove that women’s art is not and should not be a defined style and is most definitely no longer restricted to the body-oriented art that dominated earlier works of female artists. In her current practice, Kayleigh uses cement in place of paint, and together with found objects picked up from actual locations referenced in the title, she constructs artificial urban environments. Devoid of human figures, her work depicts blank walls and empty corners, and sometimes windows and doorways that look out into further emptiness. Jalan Tebrau (2019), depicts an artificial space in shades of grey with some play of light and shadows. The work feels ‘cold’ and evokes a jarring sense of loneliness and solitude."
-Noorshidah Ibrahim ( Art+Australia Online)
Just another Paralleled Day, Placing Home Woodlands, Singapore, 2019
Curated by Dr Wang Ruobing
While a place is defined by its historical and cultural identity, and a space can emerge when a physical area is imbued with social meanings, home is created when place and space meet – it is a habitat for humanity associated with a piece of soul.
Drawing from this concept, Placing Home: Woodlands presents 5 artworks in the neighbourhood that invite all to look at our surroundings with a fresh perspective and ask questions about the world in which we live.
A commission by the National Arts Council’s Public Art Trust.
"Just Another Paralleled Day is a site-specific installation exploring Kayleigh's Goh experience of living in a border city. Though she has never lived in Woodlands, it is familiar to her as she commuted between Johor Bahru and Singapore almost daily from 2014-2016 while studying in here. (Singapore) The artwork draws inspiration from her journeys - from places to spaces, home to school, and room to studio - and reflects the psychological state of living between cities that often feels akin to living two parallel lives.
The artist's choice of location underlines her concept: a circulation space, this void deck is used by residents of Block 823, park users of Fu Shan Garden, and students of the school nearby en route to their destinations. It too, is a place of transit."
- Public Art Trust, Arts in your Neighbourhood
Gold Gold Real Estate, Oh! Emerald Hill by OH! Open House, Singapore, 2018
"The Gold Gold Real Estate Agency invited audiences to look for their dream homes in Emerald Hill. A conservation neighbourhood, each home in Emerald Hill has its own distinct architectural features, some of which were represented in the paintings displayed at the agency. Each painting of the facades of Emerald Hill shophouses is a tidy, easily consumable representation of our culture and heritage. They were contrasted with a series of paintings placed by the door, which depicted anonymous interior spaces that are contemporary in their colour palette and composition – there is no heritage to be found there."
- Oh! Open House
"Malaysian artist Kayleigh Goh presents a real estate shop with “listings” of shophouses from Emerald Hill. The shop hangs many delicate, textured paintings. Each work focuses on the distinct architectural features of the facades of shophouses in this conservation estate, which are often the only parts of the houses that are actually conserved. Each is a tidy, easily consumable representation of culture and heritage."
- Akshita Nanda (The Star Newspaper)
And Yet, If Only, Solo-Debut, Gajah Gallery, Singapore, 2018
"Goh expands on a burgeoning visual practice begun in Lasalle College of the Arts, from which the artist graduated in 2016. Her works are rooted in the all-too-familiar disaffection of construction materials appropriated from the realm of functionality to create serene, balanced spaces of contemplation. Whilst the typical architectural experience requires its viewer to be entirely enveloped in its art, Goh’s two-dimensional architectural transcriptions discount physicality from the experience. These illusory spaces cannot and will not have or hold any actual thing. As such, the planarity of Goh’s works prioritizes the metaphysical; in the artist’s own words, they act as portals for escape – escape from the cacophony of life, escape from the corporeal and into the mind."
- Gajah Gallery
Lost in Amidst of Time, Noise Art Mentorship Programme, Oh! Open House, Singapore, 2017
"Proposals for Waterloo challenged 12 young artists to create site-specific artworks for the underused and overlooked spaces of Waterloo Centre – from the kopitiam on the first floor, to the empty cells along the stairwells of the residential floors. Their works transformed the entire building into a ‘vertical gallery’.
One artist wrapped a structure stretching across the plaza in black fabric. Another constructed a cave using objects discarded by residents. A painter played with the aging textures of the building’s architecture. Each work proposed a new way of encountering everyday these everyday spaces.
This programme was commissioned by Noise Singapore, an initiative of the National Arts Council. Noise Singapore is dedicated to making noise about the creative talent of young people aged 35 and below. Through the Noise Art Mentorship, Noise Singapore hopes to encourage young people in Singapore to actively participate in and nurture their relationship with the arts."
- Oh! Open House
Proposals for Waterloo begins on the 15th floor with Kayleigh Goh’s painting installation. Visually inspired by the cracks and peeling paint around Waterloo Centre, she incorporated construction materials and debris as both canvas and paint. Adopting the language of aging architecture, combined with a soft palette, the artist invites us to contemplate the impermanance of the structures around us.
Days Living in a Lullaby, Japan Art Residency Show, Studio Kura, Itoshima, Fukuoka, Japan, 2017
Of the scenery, architectures and encounters,
I felt as if I was put into a repeating Lullaby playlist
Soft and Quiet
Like a Newborn
Embarking a journey experiencing the variety of new experiences
Like a Newborn
Learning about one’s individuality
A simple state of calm and joy.
2020-2022 MA Contemporary Art, VCA University of Melbourne, Australia
2012-2016 BA Honours Fine Art, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore
2011-2012 Foundation Certificate in Visual Art, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore
2020 Stuart Black Memorial Scholarship - University of Melbourne, Australia
2015-2016 Dou Yee Company Scholarship, Singapore
AWARD & SHORTLISTING
2019 Nominated Entry for Sovereign Art Prize 2020
2018 Final Prize Winner for 2017 VADA - Untapped Emerging
2017 Finalist UOB Painting Award - Malaysia
2017 Finalist Clifton Art Prize - Singapore
2016 Selected Mentorship - Noise Mentorship by OH! Open House
2019 Asia-Europe Foundation Mobility Grant
2018 Singapore Public Art Trust “Placing Home: Woodlands”
2019 Yogya Art Lab, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2017 Studio Kura, Itoshima, Japan
2020 Soft Whispers of the City, Instagram Online Show
2020 A Room of Thoughts, Instagram Online Show
2020 The Scent that Lingers, Yogyakarta Art Lab, Indonesia
2018 And Yet, If Only, Solo Showcase - Gajah Gallery, Singapore
2017 Days Being in a Lullaby, Studio Kura, Itoshima, Japan
SELECTED GROUP SHOW
ART FAIRS & ART FESTIVALS
2022 Reframing Roots, Singapore Art Week, Gajah Gallery, Singapore
2021 Voices Underneath Our Feet collaboration with Melanie Cobham, VCA Art Space, Australia
2021 A Window Orchestra “Coming from- Going to", VCA Art Space, Australia
2021 To Draw a Line - Nanyang Technological University Singapore, ADM Singapore
2021 TWENTYFIVE – Gajah 25th Anniversary Show, Singapore
2021 Art Moments Jakarta Online, Indonesia
2020 The Humanity of Small Things, Gajah Gallery, Singapore
2020 ERASURE, Centre of Visual Arts (CoVA), Melbourne
2020 GENSET, Gajah Gallery, Singapore
2020 Nothing to hide, LNR Warehouse, Singapore
2020 EMERGING Selections from the DUO, The Private Museum, Singapore
2019 Shaping Geographies. Gajah Gallery, Singapore
2019 ASIA NOW, Paris Asian Art Fair, Art Season Gallery, France
2019 ArtExpo Malaysia, Gajah Gallery, Malaysia
2019 ARTKyoto, Gajah Gallery, Japan
2019 ArtJakarta, Gajah Gallery, Indonesia
2019 Wine Night, Gajah Gallery, Singapore
2019 Art Moments, Gajah Gallery, Indonesia
2019 Monumenta, Gajah Gallery, Singapore
2019 Taipei DangDai Art Fair, Gajah Gallery, Taiwan
2018 Placing Home: Woodlands, Singapore Public Art Trust, Singapore
2018 Malaysia Art Expo, Gajah Gallery, Malaysia
2018 Wine Night, Gajah Gallery, Singapore
2018 Oh! Emerald Hill 2018, Singapore
2018 Art Stage 2018 - Gajah Gallery, Singapore
2017 Johor Bahru Arts Festival, Painting the sound of JB collaboration with sound artist ESCURI, Malaysia
2017 The New Now, Gajah Gallery, Singapore
2017 Asian Students Young Artists Art Festival, DDP Plaza, Korea
2017 Untapped Emerging - VADA, ChanHori Shophouse 5, Singapore
2017 Noise Art Mentorship Showcase: Proposals for Waterloo, Singapore
2016 Art Moves II, TCC Cafe, Singapore
2016 Kreatif, Iskanival, Medini Mall, Malaysia
2016 Oxygen, EHHE Art Gallery, Malaysia
2016 An American in Singapore, George Porter’s Exhibition, Washington
2016 Manifestation, Miaja Gallery, Singapore
2016 Emergence, Imagini Gallery, Singapore
2016 Affordable Art Fair Charity Wall, F1 Pit Building, Singapore
2016 An American in Singapore, George Porter’s Exhibition, Singapore
2015 50 Obsessions. Lasalle Winstedt Campus, Singapore
2014 Johor Bahru Arts Festival, White Cube Art Gallery, Malaysia
1. The Sun Daily Malaysia News
Art acting as a catharsis (thesundaily.my)
2. Soft Whispers of the City – Online Exhibition
Soft Whispers of the City – Online Exhibition – Singapore Art & Gallery Guide | Art Events & Exhibitions in Singapore (sagg.info)
3. Art & Market: End of Year Round-Up
End of Year Round-Up — Art & Market (artandmarket.net)
4. Pengalaman Aromatis dari Kayleigh Goh di Gajah Gallery
Pengalaman Aromatis dari Kayleigh Goh di Gajah Gallery (dewimagazine.com)
1. Malaysian Women in Art: Kayleigh Goh gets poetic about her creative expressions and emotions
Malaysian Women in Art: Why Kayleigh Goh prefers using wood and cement in her work | Buro 24/7 MALAYSIA (buro247.my)
2. Women Artists in Southeast Asia: Strength and Unity in Diversity
Women Artists in Southeast Asia: Strength and Unity in Diversity | Art + Australia (artandaustralia.com)
3. Shaping Geographies: Art, Woman, Southeast Asia at Gajah Gallery
Shaping Geographies: Art, Woman Southeast Asia - sand magazine
4. ArtAsia Pacific Australia "Shaping Geographies: Art, Women, Southeast Asia"
1. The Star Newspaper Malaysia - Malaysian artist builds foundation in Singapore with cement paintings
2. The Star Newspaper Malaysia - Spice warehouses! Nutmeg mania! Walk the colonial past of Singapore’s Emerald Hill
3. Channel News Asia - Emerald Hill walk: Of colonialism and a darker side of Sir Stamford Raffles
4. Object Lessons Space - Kayleigh Goh on Constructing Quiet Spaces, Using Humble Materials and a sense of Balance
5. JB City Guide (Chinese Interview)
6..Art Republik Magazine 17 - Artists as Collectors
1.Channel News Asia - Proposal for Waterloo
2.The New York Times Style Singapore - What is Art? Young Artists Consider