Photography by Colin Wan, courtesy of Art Outreach Singapore.
Till the Last Blossom
17 Sep – 24 Oct 2022, 11am – 9pm daily
Plaza Singapura (Outdoor Atrium)
Artist present from 17–18 Sep for live-drawing of pastel mural and on Sat afternoons for paper-cutting demonstrations
For its ninth edition, Art Encounters travels to the outdoor atrium of Plaza Singapura from 17 September to 24 October 2022, featuring an original, site-specific paper installation and wall mural, alongside rarely-seen drawings and sculptural objects by local artist Ashley Yeo.
In a world driven by technological advancement and instant gratification, Till the Last Blossom speaks to the restorative value of consciously slowing down, and offers a return to the serenity and sublime power of nature.
From meditative pigment on paper drawings and pastel paintings that bloom across the walls, to enchanting paper sculptures and installations of varying scale and dimensionality, the ethereal showcase spotlights Yeo’s extensive craftsmanship and devotion to creating objects of meticulous detail and lightness that evoke moments of quiet contemplation.
Plaza Singapura (Outdoor Atrium)
68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839
Step into an intricate and delicate cascading paper installation that expands on Yeo’s interest in the material as one of her larger and more elaborate paper-based installations to date, and enjoy a display of other paper works that demonstrate her laborious artmaking process, including a filigree paper cube and screen installation.
Hand-cut paper, pigments on Japanese paper
(pigments: Azurite, Fuschite, Lead Carbonate, Mica)
18 x 24cm (Papercut)
Also on display is a series of rarely exhibited pigment-on-paper drawings, created with a mechanical precision that belie their hand-drawn nature, and which reflect the importance of natural elements and floral symmetry to Yeo’s body of work.
Younger visitors can also try their hand at decorative paper cutting and make their own candle holders and paper decals at an educational activity station available daily throughout the exhibition*
*Kindly note that there may be a short waiting period due to capacity limits.
Moment for Tulips, 2021
Pigment, graphite on cotton paper
36 x 30.5cm
In keeping with Art Encounter’s mission to bring art closer to the public, the artist will be live-drawing a pastel mural inside the container on the opening weekend (September 17 and 18), and continue to be present on Saturday afternoons* (September 24 and October 1, 8, 15, 22) to interact with visitors and present paper-cutting demonstrations that reveal her fascinating technique.
* Timings to be updated. Follow us on Instagram for the latest updates or send us a message.
About the Artist
Ashley Yeo (b. 1990, Singapore) graduated with a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Arts London, Chelsea College of Arts, London, United Kingdom in 2012 and a BA in Fine Arts from the LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore in 2011. She has participated in numerous exhibitions in Singapore, Japan, South Korea, United Kingdom, and the United States. Yeo was the first Singaporean artist to be shortlisted for the LOEWE Craft Prize, London, UK (2018). Revolving around themes of lightness and slowness, Yeo’s practice is built upon reflections on the accumulations of hedonistic culture and alludes to the soft and fragile. Her paper sculptures explore geometry, precision, and the spiritual power of simple materials. She is currently interested in maintaining a relationship with nature.
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