A graduate of London’s prestigious Chelsea College of Art and Design, Ashley Yeo uses her art to find solace in the world, or what she considers to be a “destructive and capitalist society”.

Salarymen (2015), graphite on paper, 53 x 38cm.

Spending hours quietly working on her drawings and hand-cut paper sculptures, she aims to create an intimate experience of “slowness and lightness”. Says the curator of our Art & Design issue Dawn Ng: “In an era of advanced technology and instant images, Ashley’s process feels so meditative and serene.”

The Kids Are Not Alright (Lotus) (2015), graphite, gouache on paper, 27 x 33cm

Rendered in soft graphite, ink and gouache, her poignant black and white drawings use images drawn from personal memories, while her geometric paper-cut sculptures feature fine latticework. Last June – three years after graduation – she held her debut solo show You Must Imagine Sisyphus Happy, at Fost Gallery at Gillman Barracks. The gallery is known for signing on some of the best Singapore-based contemporary artists.

An adapted version first appeared in Female’s January issue. 

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