Shia Yih Yiing's solo exhibition, The Weaver can be metaphorically understood as the process of fabric creation - the warped and weft of the cloth she weaves through her art.
Part of this stems from her interest in story telling, her experiences of motherhood and a desire to come to terms with how her practice connects her domestic life with that of Malaysian art history and Malaysian society today. They intersect the personal with the social; and they provide a telescoping view into the spaces that we come to inhabit through the stories that shape the lives of a Malaysian family.
Central to many of her paintings are her children, who lead us through the fantastical worlds that occupy Yih Yiing's mindscape. They represent the hope for a future, searching for the threads of stories that will be spun into a Malaysian narrative.
This extensive body of work, presented in the White Box, MAP KL, is an opportunity to review five years of her prolific output. They draw out our innocence by returning us to the fairy tales that sustained our imagination through our childhood, yet at the same time, delivering an incisive twist to shape a cogent response to questions of cultural identity and motherhood. In doing so The Weaver is able to open up many doors as we follow her, down the rabbit hole, into the many realities that inform our past, present and future.
SHIA YIH YIING: THE WEAVER runs from
20th September - 29th September 2013 at:
WHITE BOX, MAP KL
1 Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Monday - Saturday 12 - 6 pm. Closed on Sundays
In collaboration with White Box, MAP KL