Gillian Chen

"Although we live in an era where options in methods and materials for art-making seems limitless, I prefer to make use of what is at hand and also the things we neglect or overlook. "


The Chrysalis Project: Flaking Wall Paints (2015)

Found objects and documentation.  

Photo credit : Gillian Chen.

Timothy Ng, 24-hour Straitjacket, 2016, Performance involving local newspaper, Approximately 3 x 3 x 3 meters

The Chrysalis Project: # series (2015)

Re-purposed paint on discarded surfaces  

Photo credit : Gillian Chen

Gillian’s practice centres on working with pre-existing and found materials. Piqued by whether a butterfly might feel sentimental of its shed chrysalis shell, The Chrysalis Project investigates flaked wall paint as ‘dead skin’ and re-purposes collected paint flakes as new skin for abandoned surfaces.



Gillian Chen


Born 1997, Singapore


Final year visual arts student, International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme, School of the Arts, Singapore


Gillian is the recipient of the David Marshall Scholarship for Young Artists in 2015. 

The organisers can be contacted at


Copyright © 2015 SCOUTSG LLP.. All rights reserved. No part of this writing may be reprinted, reproduced or utilised in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means including printing, recording or information storage and retrieval systems, without written permission in writing from the curators or artists.  Background Image by Patricia Chen.