'being human' # 7 : Shia Yih Ying

Oil on canvas / 270 x 200cm(2pc) / 2014

Shia Yih Yiing (b. 1967, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia) studied at the Malaysian Institute of Art, Kuala Lumpur (1990-92) and holds a Masters in Fine Art from the University of Western Sydney, Australia (2005). Her career as a visual artist has seen her works travel as far as Bangladesh, Japan, Czech Republic, and Taiwan alongside her many exhibitions in Malaysia. A recipient of numerous awards and grants such as the Commonwealth Foundation Fellowship in Arts & Crafts (1998) and the Alternate Artist for the Vermont Studio Center’s Freeman Fellowship (2007), she has held seven solo exhibitions with paintings and drawings that delved into themes of femininity and motherhood, a juggle between perceptions and realities. Using herself or one of her family members as the central figure, she combines visual cues from fairy tales and children’s storybooks. Her most recent solo outing ‘Shia Yih Yiing: The Weaver’ at the White Box, MAP, Kuala Lumpur (2013) also references local arts, heritage and culture history to address issues of identity.