“Wei Tan’s art is an act of self-revelation through improvisation. Each artwork is a journal entry where outer influences are purged and inner responses are confessed.” - the artist
Wei Tan (b. Malaysia, 1991) is a mixed-media abstract artist based in Berlin. With a background in music composition, she completed her Master's degree in Music Technology at New York University. In summer 2015, while developing work on image-based experimental sound art, Wei Tan started exploring the world of abstract painting – first collaborating with her teacher Gina Bonati and then experimenting on her own, drawing inspirations from the great Abstract Expressionists to today’s cross-disciplinary, multimedia artists. Since then she has worked and exhibited in New York, London, Florence, Berlin, and Kuala Lumpur.
Wei Tan’s art is an act of self-revelation through improvisation. Each artwork is a journal entry where outer influences are purged and inner responses are confessed. Like making soup, materials are thrown onto the canvas and mixed together through spontaneous gesture.
Wet paint, powdery pastels, and viscous oil clash into each other creating haphazard geographies. Often a period of mindless doodling is carried out before the painting emerges with an unexpected coherence. The process of automatic drawing allows thoughts from the subconscious to emerge and form a narrative. The paintings exist in a space between the real and the abstract, where quasi real-life objects – resembling shoes, boxes, tables and windows – float in a sea of abstract colours and forms.
Similarly, their narratives live in an ambiguous space between reality and imagination. Although drawing inspiration from present-day events, the paintings often find themselves wandering into childhood memories and imaginary story lines. They speak about dilemmas as trivial as choosing the perfect vase and how to light candles, and as essential as the practice of de-cluttering and the search for home and belonging.
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