Fly with Me

 

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Singapore-based artist Joelle Enver brings her loveable characters to life with a distinctive candy-like colour palette paired with whimsical rhymes. Each piece is effortlessly quirky; a true extension of Jo’s infectious personality. Under the online pseudonym, Rufflemyhair, she’s been delighting the masses with her illustrations since her days studying digital animation at Nanyang Technological University.


新加坡艺术家Joelle Enver以独树一帜的糖果色加上天马行空的调调,为其作品中可爱人物形象赋予了生命力。受到Jo本人鬼马般性格影响,她每一件作品都呈现出一种自然而然的古灵精怪。还在南洋理工大学修读数字动画专业时,她就以化名Rufflemyhair,通过轻松搞笑的插画虏获大批网民的喜爱。

“To me, my art is about storytelling and the evocation of emotion. If something could resonate with my deepest self, my core… then I would want to create it and hopefully convey that same feeling to other people,” Jo says.


“对我来说,我的艺术就是一种讲故事和情感召唤的表达。如果一旦有什么东西能泛起我内心深处、核心价值的共鸣,我就特别想去创建它,并希望将同样的感觉传达给他人。”

“Growing up, I spent almost all my time doodling and drawing. It hardly mattered what or where – it just came naturally to me.” Jo’s pursuit of a career in art almost did not happen. She was on the way to pursuing more stable professional fields, such as economics and geography. In Singapore’s academically driven society, the young artist never thought that her hobby could become a viable career until a friend approached her with a pamphlet from Nanyang Technology University. “In large, commanding letters, the pamphlet read: ART, DESIGN & MEDIA FACULTY. I just went, ‘this is it’.”


“在成长过程中,我几乎整天都在涂鸦或者绘画。画什么或者在哪里画都不重要,绘画对我来说就是一种非常自然的状态。”之前在职业规划上,Jo选择的是更为稳定的领域,如经济和地理之类,而非艺术。在学术氛围浓厚的新加坡社会,这个年轻的艺术家从不敢奢望她的爱好能够成为有稳定收入的职业,直到一个朋友带给她一个南洋理工大学的小册子。“册子上工整庄严的大字写着:艺术设计和媒体系。我就去读了,就这样。“

When Jo’s final year in NTU came around, she was tasked with creating an original short film. Her creative process was riddled with constructive critiques from her professors, who tore into nearly every aspect of the film. “When you invest your whole heart into your work, such scathing critiques definitely hurt. You’re brutally forced to wonder what you are doing in this field in the first place.” Her mentor, Professor Hannes Rall became a beacon of support throughout this entire process; his encouragement allowed her to condense the criticism into the tools that she needed to map her way through to a finished product. “Filter through the criticism, but stick to what I felt was right. Bit by bit, my magic world took its form. My characters came to life.”


Jo在南洋理工大学的最后一年里,老师布置了拍摄一个原创短片的任务。她的创意策划备受其教授挑剔,虽然这些批评都非常具有建设性,但几乎质疑她影片的每个层面。“当你全身心投入你的作品,这样严厉的批评无疑会让你感受伤心。你被无情地逼迫着去思考你到底是为什么来做这个事。”她的导师Hannes Rall教授,成了她这整个创作过程中的支撑灯塔——他的鼓励,促使她把批评变成鞭策自己完成最终作品的力量。“我一面汲取批评,但同时也坚持自己的感觉。我所构建出的魔法世界逐步成型,作品中的人物也开始立体丰满,富有生命力。”

In 2015, Jo’s short film Fly With Me won the top gong for Best Animation at Singapore’s 5th Short Film Awards. Her submission was motivated by the purest of intentions – to bring joy and laughter into the lives of her audience. After a rigorous production process, she was rewarded with a win that saw Fly With Me screened in over 15 countries. “It’s an exhilarating feeling, knowing that not only did my film bring a moment of light and happiness into the lives of viewers, but that experts in the field also thought that it was worthy to win Best Animation. It profoundly cemented my desire to be an artist, to give people something to take home with them, be it a small laugh or warmth in their hearts.”


2015年,Jo的短片飞《与我共飞》赢得了新加坡第五届短片奖的最佳动画奖。这个作品遵从心底最单纯的创作意图——给观众带来欢声笑语。经过了痛苦的制作后,她终于得到的喜人回报,带着自己的作品《与我共飞》在超过十五个国家的屏幕上亮相。“知道我的短片不仅能为观众带来一时的轻松和欢乐,而且还受到评委青睐,荣获最佳动画奖,这真的是太让人激动开心了。这也加深了我立志成为艺术家的愿望——人们散场归家后,仍能带点什么回去,或许是一个微笑,或者是一阵暖流。”

Singapore’s creative scene has made a progressive movement in recent years, as locals slowly begin to shake off the shackles imposed by a largely conservative society. Whilst Jo’s personal work is light-hearted and often doesn’t toe the line on controversy, she sees so much importance in the development of the local arts scene and encourages openness.


近年来,随着当地人们逐步摆脱充满保守风气的社会的枷锁,新加坡的创新氛围日益浓厚。尽管Jo的个人作品主题轻松,往往不参与争议性话题,但她看到了当地艺术氛围蓬勃发展的极大重要性,并倡导着开放性。

“Singapore has, for the longest time, been criticised for its rigidity and lack of creativity. The country is often fixated on minimising controversy, but I think we’re is trying very hard to step out of our boundaries. With major events like Singapore Night Festival (of Arts and Culture) gaining massive popularity, I would say that we’re definitely heading in the right direction.”


她表示:“新加坡在很长一段时期,都被诟病为古板僵化与创新疲软。目前,国家经常最大程度减小争议,但我想,我们还需要更加努力才能走出藩篱。随着大型文化艺术盛会正取得大众喜爱和关注,如新加坡仲夏夜空艺术节,我相信我们正朝着正确的方向前进。”

Currently, Jo is working on the sequel to her award winning short film, aptly titled Come Home With Me, which will feature a slightly different style and tone to the original Fly With Me. She remains focused on her journey as an artist, embodying the purest form of love and passion for creation.


目前,Jo正在筹划其获奖短片作品的续集,名为《Come Home With Me》。这个续集作品在风格和基调上与第一部《Fly With Me》都有所不同。她依旧专注于探索作为一个艺术家的漫漫长路,在创作中展示爱与热情的最纯粹表现方式。

“I feel incredibly lucky, and I can’t imagine doing anything else. I hope I will be remembered for just that: my passion and love for my craft, and how I wanted to use that to tell people stories.”


“我感到自己非常地幸运,我简直不能想象我从事其他工作将会是什么样子。对自己技艺的激情与热爱,以及借其与人们分享故事的愿望,我希望自己可以仅以此为人所记。”

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Contributor: Whitney Ng


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供稿人: Whitney Ng