Malaysian visual artist Shia Yih Yiing is undertaking a short self-funded residency at Rimbun Dahan in December 2020.
About the Artist
Throughout her thirty-year career as an artist, Shia Yih Yiing has been portraying the world around her through vivid visual stories, imaginative characters (portraits of family members and friends) juxtaposed with the subjects that inspire her. Her work delves into themes of femininity, motherhood, and is often imbued with a sense of playfulness and metaphor.
Hailing from Kuching, Sarawak, Shia Yih Yiing studied at the Malaysian Institute of Art and holds a Masters in Fine Art from the University of Western Sydney.
About the Residency
During her residency, Yih Yiing is working on a visual study of native trees and the making of forest through fieldwork with Rimbun Dahan’s chief and assistant gardeners. She then hopes to undertake a creative research field trip into Penan villages in Sarawak’s vanishing rainforests in Ulu Baram.
This is part of an ecologically-concerned community art project for “Planting Dreams, in Search of a Good Gardener” project, supported by CENDANA’s Visual Arts Inspire program.