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Sharon Chin is an artist living in Malaysia.

She makes all kinds of things in all kinds of places, from galleries to shopping malls to city sidewalks. She’s hung a suite of sails across the lobby of an embassy, listened to strangers’ hearts on the streets of Sydney and gotten tear-gassed while wearing a costume of yellow flowers.

Her most recent project was “Mandi Bunga/Flower Bath“, commissioned for Singapore Biennale 2013. In a ‘mass orchestration of hope and renewal’, over 100 people gathered to bathe together on the lawn of the National Museum of Singapore. The performance made the front page of The Straits Times.

Her art has been shown at home and abroad, at institutions like National Art Gallery of Malaysia, Galeri Petronas, Singapore Art Musuem and Incheon Culture and Arts Center, Korea. It’s also sent her on residencies, festivals and adventures around the world, including Hanoi, Yangon, Sydney, Berlin, Birmingham, Tokyo and Sapporo.

Art has her soul, but she likes to make herself even busier by doing things like co-founding Arteri (2009 – 2011), a website about art and culture in Malaysia and South East Asia (currently in deep freeze and waiting for someone to give it second life); co-founding Buka Kolektif, a group dedicated to advancing performance art in Malaysia; and writing plenty of published essays and reviews on Malaysian art (although she recently decided that she prefers making art to criticizing it).

A city girl all her life, in 2011 she moved to Port Dickson, a decaying seaside town 1.5 hours’ drive from the capital of Kuala Lumpur. She lives in a big old house with an unruly garden, a leaky studio and two cats. (Update Oct 2014: they died)

In the near future, she’s looking forward to developing an epic story-telling computer game project, the first phase of which is due out mid-2014 (Update Oct 2014: this project still going to happen, but it might take a couple more years than I thought) and using the power of the Internet to connect her art to people all over the world.

Portrait of Sharon by the wonderful Shahril Nizam © Shahril Nizam 2012. All rights reserved.