Exploring Interconnections: Symbolism and Identity in Claudia Koh’s Artworks

Claudia Koh immerses herself in the rich tapestry of natural and urban landscapes, weaving together elements of her Southeast Asian heritage and personal experiences to craft narratives that resonate deeply with viewers. Deliberately contemplating the canvas space, she adeptly negotiates the fine line between asserting her presence and seamlessly blending into her surroundings. As a Southeast Asian woman with a Chinese background, Koh employs symbolic and cultural elements to convey nuanced narratives. Her exploration extends to the complex relationship between the mind and body, particularly when faced with the challenges of detachment from one’s home, navigating emotions of anxiety, grief, and neglect heightened by physical distance.

My Hands and Feet Gets Cold First. © Claudia Koh.

Having graduated with a Diploma in Fine Arts from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in 2020, Koh is pursuing a BFA in Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and will graduate in 2026.

Through her work, she invites us to ponder the profound connections between memory, emotion, and place, offering a poignant reflection on the human experience. Claudia’s art serves as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, illuminating the beauty and complexity found within the intersection of identity and environment.

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