Samantha Lo: Singapore’s bold street artist

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Street art or vandalism?

Dubbed the “Sticker Lady”, Samantha Lo is the 27-year-old founder of an online arts magazine, but has been further recognised as the Singaporean graffiti artist known for her Singlish messages.

Lo posts stickers on traffic signal buttons that read, “Press to Time Travel” or “Press to Stop Time”, and spray paints on roads in white stencil lettering, “My Grandfather Road” – a Singaporean pun on poor driving, which some interpret as a message criticising the out-of-touch government of Singapore.

And, as a reflection on social commentary in how we waste our time, Lo has also painted “STOP LOOKING AT YOUR CELLPHONE” on a sidewalk.

In the super controlled sphere of Singapore, where anti-avuncular laws have brought the island infamy for its ban of gum, all did not find her art amusing.  In the city-state’s most recent crack down on civil liberties, regulations were announced in June requiring news websites that publish articles about Singapore to obtain a license from official regulators, a move that incited protests. 

Lo was arrested early last month for vandalism, which sparked the support of an online community of more than 14,000 people signing a petition calling for leniency on her sentencing and in the way she was being treated while detained. With eight other charges are being dropped, she ended up pleading guilty on seven counts of mischief and was ordered to perform 240 hours of community service.

Despite the charges, Lo is set to bring her art to Sentosa, legally. Singapore’s Nation Day, which is celebrated in August, will feature Lo’s work on display, in a project called “Signs on the Loose”.

“What I really like about working on this project is the fact that Sentosa believes and trusts in an artist’s vision,” said Lo.

Sentosa said that it hopes to work with Lo long term, coming up with new signs every few months.

Regina Chia, senior manager of entertainment and programming at Sentosa Leisure Management, said: “I believe that with Sam’s creative expression, display, and appreciation of the Singaporean way of life, she is able to translate that to simple messages that appeal to both local and international audiences. The delivery of her work is fun, witty, tongue-in-cheek, yet relevant.”

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Street art or vandalism?

Dubbed the “Sticker Lady”, Samantha Lo is the 27-year-old founder of an online arts magazine, but has been further recognised as the Singaporean graffiti artist known for her Singlish messages.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

tumblr_m5gk3rJXQO1rsjowyo1_500
Street art or vandalism?

Dubbed the “Sticker Lady”, Samantha Lo is the 27-year-old founder of an online arts magazine, but has been further recognised as the Singaporean graffiti artist known for her Singlish messages.

Lo posts stickers on traffic signal buttons that read, “Press to Time Travel” or “Press to Stop Time”, and spray paints on roads in white stencil lettering, “My Grandfather Road” – a Singaporean pun on poor driving, which some interpret as a message criticising the out-of-touch government of Singapore.

And, as a reflection on social commentary in how we waste our time, Lo has also painted “STOP LOOKING AT YOUR CELLPHONE” on a sidewalk.

In the super controlled sphere of Singapore, where anti-avuncular laws have brought the island infamy for its ban of gum, all did not find her art amusing.  In the city-state’s most recent crack down on civil liberties, regulations were announced in June requiring news websites that publish articles about Singapore to obtain a license from official regulators, a move that incited protests. 

Lo was arrested early last month for vandalism, which sparked the support of an online community of more than 14,000 people signing a petition calling for leniency on her sentencing and in the way she was being treated while detained. With eight other charges are being dropped, she ended up pleading guilty on seven counts of mischief and was ordered to perform 240 hours of community service.

Despite the charges, Lo is set to bring her art to Sentosa, legally. Singapore’s Nation Day, which is celebrated in August, will feature Lo’s work on display, in a project called “Signs on the Loose”.

“What I really like about working on this project is the fact that Sentosa believes and trusts in an artist’s vision,” said Lo.

Sentosa said that it hopes to work with Lo long term, coming up with new signs every few months.

Regina Chia, senior manager of entertainment and programming at Sentosa Leisure Management, said: “I believe that with Sam’s creative expression, display, and appreciation of the Singaporean way of life, she is able to translate that to simple messages that appeal to both local and international audiences. The delivery of her work is fun, witty, tongue-in-cheek, yet relevant.”

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