A passionate believer in using art as a platform for change and progress, Alecia founded Unseen Art in 2014 to develop community-based projects that bring people together.
On what makes her a trailblazer:
“I’ve always been interested in shining a spotlight on issues that people know are there but don’t want to face because they’re embarrassing or inconvenient. Art is a window into issues like poverty, marginalisation and social equality, and it has given me a space to address them.”
On how she’s pushing for change:
“Human relationships have been an anchor for my work because I’m inspired to effect change by the situations I observe around me. I’ve created portraits of the underprivileged and HDB-dwellers isolated from mainstream society, so people can see how they truly live. Just last year, I developed a project with caregivers of loved ones with mental illnesses to highlight the weight that they carry. It’s my way of helping people to try and understand their world.”
On her hopes and dreams for women:
“Ultimately, I hope I can make a difference through my art, to create spaces where people can support each other regardless of age, creed or gender. In a society where there are lots of restrictions and expectations placed on [women], there needs to be space where people can learn to be accepting for others and themselves.”
Alecia wears blazer and trousers, both from Mulberry; ring (left hand) from Monica Vinader; stackable rings (right hand) from Atelier Swarovski; and shoes by Sergio Rossi.
Photos: Darren Chang
Art Direction: Ivy Choong
Stylist: Sifra Vania, assisted by Pricilia Chan
Hair: Ash Loi/Sonder Salon, using Revlon Professional
Makeup: John Lee, using Fenty Beauty (for Kelly Tandiono) and Audrey Wee, using Chanel Beauty