Highlights from Noise Local Motif
If you travel on the Downtown Line, chances are, your ride has become brighter of late, thanks to vibrant illustrations covering the interiors of trains on the Line.
The artworks are the result of Noise Local Motif, a mentorship programme run by the homegrown collective of illustrators, Band of Doodlers. Through the programme, the illustrators worked with 29 youths, as well as beneficiaries from the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore and the Society for the Physically Disabled, to come up with the illustrations.
A mentee of the programme, Jasmine Ang, says: “I have re-learnt how to see the things around me after connecting with different groups of people through the Noise Local Motif sessions.”
Noise Local Motif is part of Noise Singapore, an initiative by the National Arts Council to provide opportunities for young people to participate in and engage with the arts.
Here are three illustrations you should look out for the next time you are on a Downtown Line train, and the stories behind them.
The artwork, depicting an imaginary creature named Agora, is conceived by Noise Local Motif participant Anam Musta’ein. The titular character, shown with headphones on and reading a book to block out the rest of the world, is afraid of crowded places and is named after this fear – agoraphobia.
This whimsical illustration by Noise Local Motif participant Candice Phang merges popular local foods with animals. For example, what looks like a curry puff at first glance is, on closer look, a cute, pig-like creature with a snout and trotters. Another ticklish juxtaposition – otters tucking into ice kacang.
This fantasy artwork combines the different drawing styles of collaborators working on the piece, as well as the things that bring them joy and motivate them in life. Jasmine Ang, a Noise Local Motif participant who helped to make this illustration, expresses the happiness she experienced form the collaboration with heart shapes and smiley faces in the work.
Details about Noise Local Motif here.