Loh Xiang Yun
Loh Xiang Yun (*1988) is a visual artist based in Singapore. Her practice addresses issues related to the human-landscape relationship. Looking specifically at the history of gardening, she questions our perception of plants in different settings and our desire for control over nature.
By exploring how we manage and maintain nature alongside to civilization, she attempts to quantify the vague ideas of "excess" and "control" to understand notions of wilderness and contrived environments.
Through her research and observations in drawing, painting and photography, her work captures the often-evolving relationship between human and nature. Her projects map and document the elusive and ever-changing link between the nature we perceive and the nature we organize.
Loh is working on a series of five photo books that explore different topics related to how plants ‘occupy’ human consciousness. Specifically, the photo books are about how plants have been utilized in domestic landscapes for aesthetic and functional purposes. The first photo book she published is on the topic of weeds. A series of 15 diptych photographs, the book is a comparative exploration of weeds’ ambiguous positions in our everyday urban lives.
During her residency at Youkobo, she would like to expand her body of work by conducting research in Japan to develop the second photo book in the series and realize its ideas as an installation project. The second photo book would explore the desire of the people living in a post-industrialized world for primordial environments such as forests, despite being so far removed from primary vegetation in a historical and physical sense.
|Date||2017.03.01 - 2017.03.31|