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Ashley Yeo

Hand-cut paper and gold leaf
5 x 15 x 15 cm (sculpture)
122 x 40 x 40 (installation)

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Yeo’s practice encompasses drawing and the creation of art objects that employs a consistent and exacting form of care towards her materials, enabling what appears soft, and fragile to endure. Her paper sculptures are simple yet intricate objects that are at once delicate yet enduring. The common understanding of the characteristics of paper as material speaks to a precious fragility identified in smallness and lightness— generating an experience of slowness built up by delicate structures and visual textures. Yeo’s paper sculptures find meaning through transference and allude to the soft and fragile. Appealing through the use of symmetry and patterns, the works are made through rigorous repetition and aim to create monumentality despite their scale.

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 B.A. 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). Encompassing drawings and art objects, Yeo’s practice stems from private thoughts and ontological questioning. 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. Yeo lives and works in Singapore.

Ashley Yeo will be presenting her works at Mizuma Gallery.