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Indonesian artist Christine Ay Tjoe takes the viewer on a spiritual journey with a delicate installation exploring the mystery of hope – a sentiment pivotal to the interaction of the physical and immaterial worlds.
The installation at Third Floor uses textile as its creative medium of choice, bringing an unexpected, light touch to the central theme of hope. Born in Bandung, Indonesia, 39-year-old Christine Ay Tjoe trained in design and the visual arts and worked as a textile stylist before establishing a worldwide reputation as an artist in her own right, with exhibitions including the Beijing Biennale in 2003, and London’s Saatchi Gallery in 2011.
Soft fabrics form a cocoon leading the visitor to the heart of a labyrinth of discoveries, its walls hung with delicate chiffon figurines symbolizing the renewal and transcendence of the physical world. The restful, comforting atmosphere is reinforced by the presence of a fur-covered sofa decked with figurines hand-made by the artist. Oddly familiar, they nonetheless evoke a strange sense of entrapment.
Ay Tjoe’s sublime, passionate work invites us to re-examine our own behaviour and take an alternative look at life. Freedom brings its own tensions and dilemmas – a source of anxiety or a wellspring of vital energy and hope? A bold exploration of the ambiguous psychological terrain between the universal extremes of hope and fear.
Curator: Emi Eu