Farewell to Singapore's veteran artist, Chng Seok Tin
RIP Chng Seok Tin.
“To be an artist or to make art is not that important. You should know how to be a real human being. Your morality, your integrity, whether you are trustworthy. (Whether) you are a benefit to your community or a benefit to the country. I think that’s more important, (rather than) every day so self-centred and (struggle) for their own benefit.”
Chng still feels that young artists in Singapore today will face difficulties in trying to sustain themselves:
‘I think it’s not easy lah, because the market is very small. And then people don’t have this kind of hobby, to purchase artwork. Then you want to survive as an artist, I think still not yet lah. It can be a struggle...Unless you really, really like art, then no choice. You have to suffer. You have to run through it.’
She believes that in the long run, a more open society would be a healthier one. “I think our government has done a good job for the people. But sometimes I feel they should be even more open. I think Singaporeans are very guai [obedient], we used to keep quiet. And then actually, this is not a good sign. I think government should be more open.’ “
Be well Seok Tin. 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏