“I believe the purpose of art is to help us to deal with who we are. Making art is about the reflective process, be it conscious or subconscious.” - the artist
Over time, art has evolved in many ways - in styles and forms with stories told and messages conveyed. I believe the purpose of art is to help us to deal with who we are. Making art is about the reflective process, be it conscious or subconscious. We cannot live in a society without art, for art is closely related to every aspect of life - personal, psychological and contextual.
When we actualize art by translating the smallest thoughts into visuals or artistic processes, it helps us to externalize our emotions, allowing us to become self-aware and mindful. This benefits us physically and mentally.
In creating this body of work, I began to align my senses with the nature, my thoughts with the culture, and my inner self with the soul.
The selection is especially considered to share the artist’s journey from the beginning of meditating the changes happened in our cities and natural orders over time, to the latest contemplative state of mind which results from the informative mark-making process using “repetition” with a single material and stroke.v
From the City Meditation series where nature and architecture are drawn as recognizable visual forms, the mark-making process has gradually lead the artist and the material to where and how it should be, without the need to sketch the designs or have a theme to work on, and eventually abandoned any representational subjects.
Art is about the honesty of material from constant negotiation in the process, the peace that the artist enjoyed in the obsession and indulgent, and the power of repetition to transcend our mindfulness in the presence.
About the artist:
A former architect in Hong Kong, Yoko relocated to Singapore in 2013 to pursue professional advancement in fine art and art therapy. Yoko is a multi-disciplinary artist, she uses different art forms and materials to explore and reflect on human experiences and societal issues. Her latest series of work focuses on repetitive mark-making exploring the subconscious human psyche in search of deep reflections between the known and the unknown. Yoko is also practicing as an art therapist since graduated with a Master of Art Therapy in LASALLE College of the Arts in 2019.
She is actively involved in community work and social action projects through art therapy, art workshops, artist’s talks and teaching work with a diverse population and settings including those with special needs, physical challenges, cancer, chronic diseases, depression and more, with hospitals, schools, rehabilitation centers, arts and cultural partners.
Yoko receives an Honorable Mention in the Art Exhibition in conjunction with the 36th International Dream Conference in the Netherlands. She is the winner of the 2016 UOB Painting of the Year, Most Promising Artist in Singapore. She received the 2016 Best Graduate Award with a Diploma of Fine Arts at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, an Executive Committee Award in the 1st International Olympia Art Competition in Japan in 2015 and a finalist award in Bazaar Art Prize in Singapore in 2015. Yoko’s artwork has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions such as Art Stage Singapore 2017, UOB Art Space 2017 in Hong Kong, UOB Solo Art Showcase in 2017, Singaplural 2015 & 2016, NUSS and Art Apart Fair, just to name a few.
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