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Inky Strokes

Yeo Shih Yun, Artist

Venue:  Warehouse Hotel, Singapore

We were so pleased to meet Shih Yun at her pop-up exhibition and launch of her new book, Inkpulse: The Art of Yeo Shih Yun, a labour of love that was impressively, partly crowd-funded. She’s the founder of Instinc Gallery and has been described by collectors as being a “dedicated artist.”

Tell us about your outfit.

I’m wearing Depression, it’s a local label and my favourite. I’ve been wearing their clothes since they first started, and I love black and white.

Did you pick your outfit to match your monograph, or the ink works displayed here?

Not really, I just wanted to buy something. I went to Orchard Gateway and I saw this shirt. My trousers are from Zara. The shoes are from Hong Kong, from Puma. They’re a collaboration with design company SWASH LONDON, and are limited edition.


A close-up of those uber cool shoes. SWASH is also well known for their beautiful (yet edgy) print scarves

Why did you decide to wear this outfit today, at the launch of your own monograph?

I thought it was just interesting, it’s not a regular kind of shirt, and I love these flaps:

The flaps do in fact, move!

In my artwork, there is a lot of movement, and with these flaps, there is movement in the clothes too.

Tell us about this work:

Shih Yun with her work The Voice of Emerald

This is called The Voice of Emerald – it’s silkscreen on linen and site-specific as it was created for this show. There’s actually a light box underneath. The silkscreen was created when I used a large brush and painted on positive film. The film, I had to bring to a silkscreen factory, and the strokes are made with Chinese ink. Such ink isn’t supposed to stay on the plastic film so when I sent the film to the silk screen factory, the ink would flake off. I liked this surprise, this discovery when the ink flaked off and cracked.

It almost looks like a rubbing and it can’t be recreated – which is what I think the beauty of it is. I love these kinds of surprises and randomness, and to me, it’s like a collaboration between myself and the silkscreen process.

My works are abstract and open-ended. If you think you are able to see something in them, then that’s great.

Whatever you think it is, it is! I’m not certainly not going to tell you what I think it is.

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