Using hand-drawn illustrations and watercolours, as well as fresh flower petals, leaves and cereal to create 2-D and 3-D elements, Lim Zhi Wei has created her own artistic language. Under the moniker Love Limzy – also the name of her Instagram account – the 25-year old Singapore-based Malaysian artist began using the photo-sharing app as her personal gallery after she graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 2011. We caught up with her recently.
What inspired you to make art like this?
Working in Singapore is hectic and when I was still an art teacher after graduation, I couldn’t find the time to sit down and paint big paintings like I used to in college, or even buy materials. So I thought of using simple household items to “paint” and be creative after work.
What materials do you use?
I use stationery such as stamps, or food, as well as natural elements such as stones. Recently, I have been more inclined touse flowers and leaves. I usually paint and construct a piece before sundown, so that there is still enough natural light to take pictures of the artwork – this way, the freshness of the flowers is captured in the photos.
Which is your favourite piece?
I can’t decide, as my focus is always on the latest piece I work on. However, the Marilyn Monroe (a drawing of Marilyn wearing her signature dress, depicted by white rose petals) will always have a special place in my heart.
Love Limzy's illustrations (with artificial flowers) are available at Art x Change Gallery. Prints of her work (with real flowers) are available at www.naiise.com.