The artists in this unit are Chia Chu Yia, Grace Kwa and Juliana Yassin.
Chia Chu Yia,
Room 1: Chia Chu Yia
Space is Chu Yia’s concern, the definition and demarcation of it. She is also interested in what space and its contents mean once they have been defined.
This led her to first explore kaleidoscopes and the way they change the space we see.
She then proceeded to create installation works consisting of mirrored cubes as a three-dimensional representation of the kaleidoscope.
Recently, Chu Yia has returned to painting and has developed her investigation of space from three-dimensional cubes to two-dimensional ones on canvas. The transparency of space depicted in her paintings is immediately evident.
Grace Kwa, In my escape, I located the cliche of its essence. (Part of 3 photographs), 2002.
Room 2: Grace Kwa
Grace’s work reveals the questioning of her sense of reality. Working with paint and photography and also some of her writing, Grace challenges her understanding of the world around her. A previous work saw her taking beautiful photographs of landscapes and using them to suggest a preconceived social construct of what a beautiful image of a landscape is. She hopes to start on her next project which is a series of photographs documenting playgrounds.
Untitled, Solo Performance (collaboration with Colin Reaney) for ‘9th Asian Performance Art Series’, NIPAF – Nippon International Performance Art Festival 2003, Kyoto. Photographed by Makoto Kondoh
Room 3: Juliana Yasin
Juliana is a very active performance and visual artist who have collaborated with many other artists to comment on social issues, most particularly those dealing with oppression and misrepresentation.
She uses traditional Asian costumes such as the kimono and veils in her performances to explore our reactions towards them and the social context they refer to. She constantly deals with the themes of binding and veiling in the Asian society.
She also challenges the idea of the face as a representation of a person. Some of her works have her changing her face by painting it. She has also photocopied her face and distributed it for others to mutilate. She also works as a Singapore researcher for the Asia Arts Archive and she uses the apartment as an office for her work, as well as holding interviews with artists and curators. For more information on Juliana and her work do visit the website: http://jy1970.tripod.com