"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and entrances: and one man in his time plays many parts, his act being seven ages." - William Shakespeare Having been intrigued by social behaviors and habits amongst my family and friends, I sought to better understand the impact of their environment and experiences on their personalities. What started with a strong need to understand human characters, led to a fascination with the falsity behind appearances. After a recent separation between both my parents, I became more aware of the tension and lack of communication between my family members. My mother began to exhibit obsessive-compulsive behaviors. There was a sense of pretense in an ideal image that she was trying desperately to upkeep. I realized how much we have grown apart in the last few years. I often take comfort in listening to the sounds made by people within a space. It indicates a form of presence within a living space. Like characters on a stage, they take their entrances; perform their daily routines and then exit.
Sarah Choo Jing (b.1990) is a Multidisciplinary Fine Artist who is currently pursuing her MFA in Fine Art Media at the Slade School of Art, University College London. Focusing on the relationship between space and time, Choo’s work depicts identifiable moments and characters within contemporary society. Intentionally constructed, the artist reflects upon social and cultural norms. Choo has recently been shortlisted as a Finalist in the Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2014. In 2013, she was awarded the ICON De Martell Cordon Bleu Photography Award and Kwek Leng Joo Prize of Excellence in Still Photography Award. The artist has since represented Singapore at Cinema Total 2014, organized by Collegium Hungaricum, Berlin, The Santa Fe International New Media Festival 2013 in New Mexico, USA and Nordart 2013 - a contemporary art fair in Germany, Europe. A recipient of the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal Award, Choo has been awarded The Photographer of The Year in the Fine Art Photography category at the 4th International Pollux Awards, USA. In 2012, she was a Finalist for the 3rd edition Julia Margaret Cameron Award, at The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards in Europe. That summer, she received several Honorable Mentions at the International Photography Awards.