SHAE Wei Ying, Vivian

SHAE Wei Ying, Vivian works in graphic art and illustration, sometimes jewellery as well. Some of her works are inspired by daily life experience, while others come from random bursts of imagination or scenes she encounters in her life. She creates illustrations composed of straight lines or objects from her imagination, which sometimes might appear in her works just to serve the purpose of enriching and accompanying other things in the composition. She does not always provide a reason for everything featured in her work. Her works tend to challenge the normality of over-explaining artworks, and question whether artworks have to be created for a particular reason or not. She wants to make something that is purely meaningful on its own.


Previous Works
The Path 1

Brass, wooden bead

5.9 × 4.4 × 3.7 cm

The Path 1 is a jewellery work exploring the habits that the artist falls into when solving
problems. The work features a wooden bead getting stuck in a pathway and can never get
through. It is an abstract metaphor of the artist’s working routine: she always makes plans
before doing anything, and when the plans turn out unworkable, she would still stick to the
path. For her, this habit is like OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) or sheer stubbornness
that makes her following the plans and stuck in a cycle.


Digital illustration

21 × 29.7 cm

Rectangles is an abstract digital illustration, in which the artist tries to play around with
rectangles and sequences. Through zooming and turning the rectangles, she seeks to create a
storyline. In the work, the interplay between positive and negative space suggests shifting
space, creating an illusion of fractal geometry.