Born in 1995 and raised in Singapore, Andrea Goh has always been different. She realised her affinity for the arts and has been pursuing her passion ever since. At age 12, Andrea was accepted through direct admission to the first ever arts high school in Singapore, School of the Arts (SOTA). Being part of the first batch of 150 students to attend, and training for the International Baccalaureate Program (IB), she joined Visual Arts in SOTA and was tutored in courses such as ceramics, sculpture, painting, media arts, photography, design and film for 4 years, before migrating to Perth, Australia with her family in late 2010.
Andrea enrolled herself in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), for a Diploma in Graphic Communication in 2013. Little did she know, she was born to be a designer, and that she would fall in love. One of Andrea’s greatest flaws would prove to be her greatest strengths as she begun her journey in NAFA. You see, Andrea was diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD), also known as simply as depression, dissociative identity disorder (DID), formerly known as multiple personality disorder (MPD), and generalised anxiety disorder. Dr Nelson Lee, her psychiatrist told her once, in 2014 that Andrea’s problem was that she saw the world as black and white, as all or nothing, as though the world was nothing but a chess board, and the collective community pawns, governed by fate, each move preplanned and executed to perfection. To respond instead of react is coterminous to what Andrea has been taught for about a quarter of her life. To think rationally, to stop the downwards spiral into death and destruction before it even began. To step back, reign in her emotions and pause before acting.
Concepts like The Butterfly Effect (the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state), coined by Edward Lorenz, and the Collective Consciousness, (the set of shared beliefs, ideas and moral attitudes which operate as a unifying force within society), introduced by the French sociologist Émile Durkheim, as well as the Theory of Knowledge influenced many of her works, and would be the substratum of her work, “Respond, Not React.”