Nicole Phua, based in Singapore, is a visual artist who works primarily in installation and performance art. She was formally trained in Western painting in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, and has graduated in 2017 with a Diploma in Fine Art (Distinction). She has received Kwan Im Thong Hood Choo Scholarship Award (2016) and Raffles Country Scholarship Award (2013) for her artistic endeavours. She has performed in several group exhibitions such as The Only Paradise Is Paradise Lost, Wu Wei Performance Art Series and ORTHODOX. She is the founder of therightbelief, a platform to showcase contemporary works by young artists.
Nicole’s performances confront the often disregarded issue about life, which is death. To her, death and life are polarities of the same energy, complementary to one another. Her work explores the depths within the physical body, engaging into viewers’ thoughts and beliefs. Using her body as a medium, she aims to build a deeper connection between the viewers and herself through movements and senses.
Her developing series of performances revolves around her take on life and death, living and dying. She believes that these events are all interconnected to religion, culture, and spirituality, and she uses familiar everyday objects and symbolic shapes, enhancing its significance outside of its roots.