Jem Magbanua is a final year BA Fine Arts student (LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore) from the Philippines. Although her main work consist of Illustrations, she also delves into sculpture, installation and video documentary works. She therefore considers herself as an artist. “There are a plethora of possibilities as an artist."
Notions of nostalgia and forgetfulness greatly inform her work. She’s currently exploring how a place relates to a person’s formation of memories. "I very rarely plan my pictures so I mostly rely on quiet impulses and in-the-moment flashes of ideas.” A lot of inspiration is derived from Literature and Fine Arts. Her favourite artists include: Mamma Andersson, Luc Tuymans, and Andrew Wyeth. She’s drawn to the writings of Margaret Atwood, Anaïs Nin, and Rae Armantrout. “History, 19th century botanical illustrations, and the monotonous rhythms of the everyday constantly inform my work.”
Recently collaborated with her fellow artists in order to publish a zine on how to grow your indoor condo garden. “I think it’s incredibly important to know where your food comes from, especially in an age of fast food and microwave pizza. The truth is appalling.” After graduation, she’s planning on independently publishing a series of zines about the food industry and growing your own food in the city.
Did some sketching with my great friend Jem today! She’s teaching me the basics of drawing because I’ve been interested in art a lot lately… She recently graduated from art school and I love her work, so I think I picked a great person to help me out.