YEO Shih Yun (1976, Singapore) graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1998 with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration. She then joined LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts and completed a Diploma in Communication Design in 2001, prior to her pursuit of the Post Baccalaureate Programme in painting at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2002.

Professionally, Yeo is known to reinterpret the very act of ink painting with striking results. Her experimentations with the fusion of the traditional form and contemporary mediums, such as new media or performance art, have garnered much acclaim, including a commission by the Singapore Art Museum and the recognition of the Sovereign Asian Art Prize People's Choice Award in 2012 as well as the UOB Painting of the Year Competition in 2007. Additionally, Yeo has held solo exhibitions in Singapore, Japan, and Germany, along with other group exhibitions on the international scene.

In 2017, her first book, INKPULSE: the art of Yeo Shih Yun, was published. The volume conceptualises Yeo's pulsating pursuit for new depths and new perspectives within and beyond the realm of Abstract Expressionism.

YEO is also the Founder of the independent art space “INSTINC” in Singapore, where she currently lives and works.

姚诗韵 (1976年, 新加坡) 现为全职艺术家并经营INSTINC独立艺术空间。姚氐于1998 年于新加坡国立大学商业管理(市场行销)取得大学学位,并于新加坡拉萨尔艺术学院取得传播设计文凭,2002年在旧金山艺术学院获得学士学位。姚氐重新诠释水墨领域, 并不断实验将当代媒材(如新媒体和表演艺术)融入传统创作形式。她亦荣获多个奖项, 包括2007年「大华银行年度艺术大赏」的荣誉证书、「2012 Sovereign 杰出亚洲艺术奖」最佳人气奖。她曾被新加坡美术 馆委托制作艺术品,作品亦被新加玻及海外藏家收藏。她的第一本个人论著《Inkpulse: The Art of Yeo Shih Yun》于2017年出版,当中阐述其对抽象表现主义的追求及从 2000 至 2017 年的创作历程。姚氐现于新加坡生活和工作。

What drew me to the medium were its historical richness, the temporal quality of landscape ink painting, the physical strength and boldness of the black ink and its generosity and infinite possibilities. Also, black is the lack of all colours of light, or an exhaustive combination of multiple colours of pigment.

My abstract works are paintings and drawings at the same time. Paintings/drawings of geometric and organic shapes and lines, composed of layers of ink, acrylic and other mediums allude to the gestural surface marks of Abstract Expressionism. My paintings/drawings reflect not only with the radical conflict between the two “colorless” colors (black and white), but also their interaction and interdependence.

My works continue to explore the mystic aspects of the drawing process (accidental and impermanent manifestations). Change and transience are important in her creative process. I am fascinated with random occurrences, improvisation, and the liberating qualities of non-traditional tools such as rollerblades, watering pot, trees, toy robots and remote control cars. Using inventive and playful tools as such to create eccentric forms or spontaneous arrangements without the constraints of a limited visual vocabulary, creating works of absolute freedom and honesty. My main goal of using these tools is to surrender authorial control, to release drawing from its enslavement to the artist’s hand and in some cases to outsmart my own will and intentions.
— Shih Yun Yeo, 2015
 
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