Where does the moniker “Clogtwo” come from?
Clogtwo was found in the sewage of illegal graffiti in late 2004. My first graffiti piece was a total mess; the cap of my spray can kept choking, and hence the name “Clog” came into the picture. The number two is a self-reminder to stay humble and constantly climb the ladder to strive for better work.
Was your family supportive of your passion when growing up?
My family gave their 100 percent support in what I’m doing. They were the people who taught me drawing and painting during my younger years. They showered me with love for toys and cartoons, and therefore, the influences of pop-culture cartoons are fused into my work. But I wasn’t interested in arts or design; I wanted to be a chemical engineer, but unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get through the application process. I landed in the school of design in Singapore and harvested my love for arts into an addiction of passion.
Can you describe the first time you realized that creating was something you absolutely had to do?
It’s like a sense of satisfaction at the end of the day; you feel productive, and you have a purpose to live for. Day-in, day-out, I look forward to the end of the day. When I’ve realized I’ve made something, I’ve accomplished something.
You are a man who wears many hats, illustrator, video designer, sculptor, graffiti artist, painter… is there one medium that you favor more than the rest?
I love separating myself into different alternate dimensions; any medium that allows me to create art makes me happy. But out of favoritism, I would say graffiti. I find peace, serenity and zen in its art form when I paint on walls. The motion, the flow and energy put into a piece and looking at the final piece when it’s done, gives you a great feeling.
With so many passions, how do you stay organized and avoid mental burn out?
I have a sleeping disorder, so I make up most of time by creating a list of what I should do, and crossing them out one-by-one from my list like a Christmas list. It makes me much more productive.
How has social media impacted your craft/brand?
It has immensely helped me in promoting my works, voice and amount of exposure. By the rate of people sharing and making it go viral, you can promote yourself from the comfort of your own home. It is also an issue, in that it inspires me to produce artwork from the lack of real social interaction.
As such an art aficionado, is there anything you collect?
I love toys, I collect a few vinyl toys like Transformers, Aliens and Predators. Artists’ toys like Ashley Wood’s Three A World War Robots, and a few artist friends’ custom toys.
Tell us a bit behind the inspiration for ‘Hell Lotus’.
The Hell Lotus vinyl figurine was based on a drawing I did in my sketchbook when I was in Hong Kong on vacation with my crewmates, RSCLS, which consists of ANTZ, ZERO and NEO. They brought me over to see a giant sculpture of a Buddha sitting down calmly at the top of the mountain; it was so surreal, so peaceful and colossal.
The next day, we went to paint a mural at a nearby neighborhood alley, and I was still astounded by the sight of the Buddha statue. So I decided to paint a splitting Buddha head revealing its inner-skeletal form, to showcase that God belongs in all of us, but in a more darker humor. This painting somehow evolved into a more defined sketch and soon ended up as a 3-dimensional art piece produced by Mighty Jaxx, founded by Jackson Aw.
You are a believer in “Good things come to those who work hard. Not wait.” What are those good things you are hoping to create for yourself?
It’s very subjective. Everyone has his or her own definition of good things, and it can be small, big or great. But what I believe that in order to reach it, you need to reach out and take it, embrace it, feel good in what you are doing.
What projects are you working on now? I know you have a book in the works.
For now, I will be painting for the Formula One night race in Singapore this month. A series of canvas paintings, prints and a long term plan of completing my book with my sketches, which I believe is the brain child of the final art piece.
Any inspiring words for our readers?
It started off as a hobby, then it was a passion, then evolved into a job, and finally an addiction far greater than love.