Malaysian artist and architect Shiela Samsuri joins us for a month-long residency in August 2020, as part of our Southeast Asian Arts Residency series.
About the Artist
Shiela Samsuri (b. 1989) received her training in architecture. She leads R+, a research unit of GDP Architects, which focuses on ways of living in the changing context of our environment and impact from technology. Shiela is also a visual artist, a parallel trajectory that she believes stems from her postgraduate years understanding the language of lines. Her works have been exhibited at many contemporary art shows such as SH/FT 2019 and a finalist of the Malaysia Emerging Artist Awards 2019. At her best, Shiela is a human being who contemplates aspects such as shadows, sun and skin. She has always thought of projecting them into lyrical poetry, the way the late Sapardi Djoko Damono does, although she can never reach such depth (and she’s okay with it). And so she resorted to writing bullet points, drinking lots of good coffee and curating Spotify playlists. She spent the year 2019 collecting tarmacs around her neighbourhood for introspective reasons, however the year 2020 turns out slightly different than expected…
More info at shielasamsuri.com.
Current Work at Rimbun Dahan
Wandering, Collecting, Archiving, Unfolding
A drawing language exercise where one wanders around Rimbun Dahan, collecting things that have fallen onto the ground, microscoping them to understand their discreet patterns (and sometimes unseen lives), archiving and unfolding them into drawing iterations and narratives.
Before Your Very Eyes (an entry for ArtScience Prize 2020 by Academy of Sciences Malaysia)
A collaboration project with a marine microbiologist that draws upon social stratification as exemplified through microorganisms interaction where different characteristics of water is used as a way to look at boundaries and social class. This is an entry for ArtScience Prize 2020, currently on-going, organised by Academy of Science Malaysia.
Some things are better left unsaid.