Aug 20, 2011

Coming Home, An Introduction To Foo May Lyn

Our new exhibition at Studio@Straits will be starting as of Saturday, August 20, and what an exciting one it is! For the next three weeks until September 10, we are very proud to welcome Malaysian artist Foo May Lyn and her intricate works in our gallery.

Foo May Lyn began her artistic life as a 13-year-old performer in the late '70s with Teater Kanak-kanak Malaysia, an experimental children's theatre project run by the formidable and committed theatre practitioner, Janet Pillai. Everything truly stems from here : that rare and invaluable sense of empowerment given to a child. Here she was also exposed to the wide spectrum of myths, legends and performance traditions of Malaysia's multicultural heritage.

She has worked in theatre, dance, film and Festival productions under the direction of Krishen Jit, Ann Lee, Marion D'Cruz, Dinsman, Jo Kukathas, Nasir Jani of Malaysia, Ivan Heng, Claire Wong, Ong Ken Sen of Singapore, Agnes Limbos of Belgium, and Koike Hiroshi of Pappa Tarahumara, Japan. She was also a member of CommonLore Storytellers in London where she lived for 11 years.

In the last decade, May Lyn has focused on producing drawings, jewellery, toys and books. Her talisman "jewellery", which were featured in Paris' Elle Magazine, and bought by Christian Lacroix were sold and exhibited in Paris (2008) where she lived for 12 years.

In 2005, she was part of a group exhibition with Pang Khee Teik and Phuan Thai Meng entitled "Crowds" at Reka Art Space. Her work has fascinated cultural producers for their allegorical resonance of deep human experiences through detailing that is naive, spontaneous and surprising. For more info, visit our website.

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