Samuel Xun (b. 1994) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Singapore. His practice explores emblems of culture & identity, often centred around themes of emotion and cognition, aestheticism, and queerness. His work includes soft-sculpture installation, textile compositions, and graphic art informed by film, culture, and personal narratives.
Governed by a process of making that is contemplative and ritualistic, his oeuvre cross-references the hegemonic framework of Singaporean queer culture with Euro-American lineages of camp and queer aesthetics. Frequently imbued with social commentary on issues of queer identity within the national rhetoric, he is interested in how art can facilitate empathy, preserve culture, and foster better social interaction.
He graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts with a Bachelor in Fashion Design & Textiles. In his final year, he was awarded the Swarovski Innovation Prize (2020) and was nominated for the McNally Award (2020). His recent exhibitions include Dress/Address, Grey Projects, Singapore, Only Losers Left Alive, Yeo Workshop, Singapore (2021), Creative Unions, Bernina Funan, Singapore Art Week (2021), The Foot Beneath the Flowers, NTU ADM Gallery, Singapore (2020), and Flights of Fancy, Art Now, Singapore (2020). His work has also been published in VOGUE, The Straits Times, ELLE, Female, L’OFFICIEL, MU/SE, MEGA, Nüyou (女友), Mensfolio, and elsewhere.