by Yam Chew Oh, intern
When I walked into Make Studio on my first day as an intern, studio members had curious looks on their faces. They later told me that they were wondering who I was and what I was doing there.
Well, at 43-years-old and having worked as a public relations professional for the past 18 years, I probably looked every bit like an unlikely intern.
My name is Yam Chew Oh (“Yam Chew” is my first name, and I have the easiest last name on earth, “Oh”), and I am originally from Singapore. I moved to Baltimore from London, UK in August 2015 to fulfill my lifelong dream of pursuing the arts. In May 2016, I graduated from the Post-Baccalaureate in Fine Art program at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).
A self-taught artist, I started out as figurative painter. My art has evolved a lot since my time at MICA, and I currently make abstract paintings and drawings in acrylic, charcoal and graphite. I am also an avid photographer. You can see more of my art at www.yamchew.com.
I pursued interning at Make Studio a few years after I came across a similar organisation on the U.S. West Coast – I continue to be moved and inspired by the great work that both do with their artists.
I hope to draw on my corporate, life and art experience to support Make Studio and its artists. I also want to learn from this amazing organisation – one day, I want to set up something similar in Singapore.