Iyvone Khoo

Iyvonne Khoo

Iyvonne Khoo

Future Map 2011 exhibitor
Central Saint Martins, MA Fine Art alumna

Recent winner of a Mead Fellowship award, UAL catches up with MA Fine Art Central Saint Martins graduate Iyvone Khoo as she reflects on her experience of taking part in Future Map and what she’s up to now.

Submitting work to be part of an exhibition is a key skill for emerging artists – how did you go about making sure you stood out for Future Map in 2011?

I submit the work I was most happy with and I attempt to be concise and precise when writing for submissions. 

How do you think being part of Future Map helped you establish yourself in the early stages of your career?

Being part of Future Map was an important milestone in the early stages of my artistic career because the event is well promoted hence giving the artists participating excellent exposure.

I invited a gallery I met in my degree show to Future Map which resulted in a future sale months later.

Do you have any tips for this year’s Future Map artists on preparing for the exhibition and making the most of it?

Be organised and prepared with the requirement of the installation and have plenty of business cards.

How did UAL help you prepare for your career as an artist and is there anything else it could have done?

UAL has been a tremendous help in my career as an artist, they have been very encouraging, and helpful along every step of my artistic career.

Perhaps having more access to the University facilities would be helpful for recent graduates.

What advice would you give to students wanting to start out in fine art?

To be committed and realistic about your career.

If you could go back in time what advice would you give yourself on the first day of your course? And which method of time travel would you use?

I would look into all the opportunities only available to students or graduates which I have missed out due to lack of awareness of opportunity.

The method I would use to time travel is to build a laser chamber, vaporise and teleport myself through a wormhole.

What’s been the greatest achievement of your career so far?

Taking part in Berengo Student Prize and winning the Mead Fellowship have been big achievements in my career so far, though I hope my greatest achievement is still to come.

What’s next for you/what projects are you currently working on?

I am working on the Mead Fellowship, my project involves growing and researching bioluminescent organisms to create a series of sculptures.