Namiko is well into her second year as artist-in-residence at HCSA Community Services in Geylang. HCSA is a charitable organization with Institute of Public Character (IPC) status and is a member of National Council of Social Service. It was started in 1996 as a halfway house for recovering drug addicts and ex-offenders. Today, its work has expanded to include ex-offenders, teenage girls undergoing duress and single parents. Its mission to empower these vulnerable populations is achieved through two programmes: HCSA HIGHPOINT and HCSA DAYSPRING.
At the annual fundraiser, Namiko's new abstract painting raised an amount in the high four figures, 100% of which goes to HCSA. This is the third painting that Namiko has donated to this charity.
About the painting:
Our Origins are Stardust" is a 2018 abstract work painted by Singapore artist Namiko Chan Takahashi. Although she is preeminent as a contemporary portraitist, Namiko occasionally produces abstracts. This painting is inspired by Psalm 139 in the Holy Bible which speaks intimately of the human being as "fearfully and wonderfully made". It is a startling and artful Christian interpretation of cosmogony and anthropogeny.