Adeline Kueh


Adeline Kueh

Senior Lecturer, Fine Arts
  • MA Literature & Communications, Murdoch University, Australia
  • BA Critical Studies in Fine & Performing Arts, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Adeline makes installations and socially-embodied works that reconsider the relationship we have with things and rituals around us. Using drawing as a conceptual tool, she looks to cartographies, craft and oral tradition to map out the historical trajectories across time and space through her use of found objects and new productions.

As a co-founder of the Critical Craft Collective (Singapore) and the pan-Borneo/UK Serumpun Collective, the centrality of craft in contemporary practice as well as the politics of care are the core focus in her research practice. In light of the ecological turn, Adeline’s immediate concerns have shifted towards ideas around intimate labour, and the politics and poetics of care. Works made are seen as social objects inscribed with histories and narratives while simultaneously questioning the kinds of knowledge that are produced. 

Adeline has exhibited in the UK, US, South Korea, the Netherlands, Turkey, Indonesia, Serbia, Australia and Singapore. Rooted in critical studies, she has also chaired and presented at a number of cultural studies conferences in the UK, Germany, Australia, Finland, Hungary, Singapore and Malaysia. Adeline’s research interests include notions of hauntings and monstrosity within Southeast Asian contexts, architecture, and adaptive design.

Adeline has been involved in the Word of Mouth exhibition in the 2019 Venice Biennale, and is a consultant for a number of research, lifestyle, film, art, architecture and design projects including the Passion Made Possible Culture Shaper Tribe Films (Singapore Tourism Board) in 2019 and Hermes Singapore in 2016. She was also part of Singapore Tyler Print Institute’s Visiting Artist Programme (VAP) Residency in 2021.

Currently a Senior Lecturer in the MA Fine Arts programme at the McNally School of Fine Arts in LASALLE College of the Arts, Adeline has been the driving force in advocating interdisciplinary rigour in contemporary research practice in both postgraduate and undergraduate studies at the College. She was instrumental in developing curricula that were sensitive to art history, theory and studio practice for the validation processes for Open University, and Goldsmiths.

She has supervised a significant number of postgraduate dissertations and research practice of luminaries in the contemporary Singapore arts, design and media scenes including Cultural Medallion, President’s Young Talent Award and President’s Design Award winners, as well as those who have represented Singapore in Venice and Singapore Biennales. Adeline has co-curated graduation showcases for the MA Fine Arts programme and has spearheaded Open Studios, industry and outreach projects with the alumni community of the College in Singapore and beyond.