When none is known
Open Studio & Exhbition
25 – 30 Sep 2020
FoundSpace is a collective of artists, art therapists and mental health professionals who promote mental wellness through arts. They hosted an exhibition of self-portraits made by artists around the world in lockdown, welcoming visitors to create their own in an act of introspection and self-reflection. A concurrent exhibition was held in Bangalore at the same time.
About the Artist(s)
A former architect from Hong Kong, Yoko relocated to Singapore in 2013. In 2014, Yoko volunteered at a local organisation which served children and adolescents with cancer. She was also involved in community art services, supporting children with adverse childhood experiences, and people with special needs, chronic illness, cancer, and physical challenges. These rewarding experiences led her to pursue a MA Art Therapy programme at LASALLE, where she received The Red Pencil Scholarship from 2017–2019.
In 2018, she executed a pilot art programme for adults with diverse special needs, and worked with young, male adults in a forensic setting for her first clinical placement. She continues to provide art education, mentorship, curation, and wellness programmes in educational and rehabilitation settings.
As a visual artist, Yoko's practice reflects on human experiences and societal issues. She is the winner of the 2016 UOB Painting of the Year, Most Promising Artist in Singapore, and will exhibit her works at the 36th Annual International Dream Conference in the Netherlands in 2019. Yoko’s artworks have also been shown in group and solo exhibitions at Art Stage Singapore, UOB Hong Kong Art Space, Singaplural and Art Apart Fairs.
A culturally sensitive art-therapist, with experience in working with children and at-risk youth with a history of complex trauma. I have always been interested un integrating digital technology with art therapy and expanding the boundaries of therapeutic spaces. I have programmed workshops, exhibitions, and community events for a variety of populations, to promote healing-centered engagement through the arts.