Female Asian Artists You Should Know About Part II

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1. JeeYoung Lee

JeeYoung Lee is a South Korean visual artist who was born in 1983. She earned her degree from Seoul's Hongik University, and in 2012, she was awarded the Sovereign Art Prize. The Kyoto Photographic Museum in Japan, the Incheon Foundation for Art and Culture, and the OCI Museum in Seoul all house her images.

With the use of hand-made props, Lee is renowned for her surreal photographs, which she produces by physically changing her studio into elaborate and inventive dreamscapes before photographing them naturally. Lee added dramatic performance and plastic innovation to conventional photography to overcome its limitations.

Her art can be broken down into three stages: building, capturing, and destroying. She reflects on her internal tensions and seeks to express them outside while designing the set as a means to decompress from social restrictions and stress. She then documents her reality through photography. Lee ultimately returns the moment to the past by demolishing the set. Lee refers to the entire procedure as an exercise of emotional restraint.

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2. Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook

Thai artist Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, born in 1957, specializes in film and video. She earned a Fine Arts degree from Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig in Germany and Silpakorn University in Bangkok in 1986.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Rasdjarmrearnsook worked with intaglio printmaking and sculptural installations before beginning to concentrate on film and video. It has been interpreted that a number of her early sculpture works address the status of women in Thai society.

Rasdjarmrearnsook started including funeral rites in her practice in the late 1990s and early 2000s, along with a transition to video work. She produced several video pieces that dealt with human corpses. She did this by documenting her own funeral rites for the dead at morgues, in collaboration with the medical industry.

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3. Geraldine Javier

Geraldine Javier is a modern Filipina visual artist who is best known for her blending of different media, sometimes incorporating her oil paintings into installation art, and other times prominently incorporating different media such as embroidery or found objects into her canvases. She is "recognized as one of the most celebrated Southeast Asian artists both in the academic world and in the art market."

In contrast to her predecessors, who place a greater emphasis on personal and eccentric exploration, Javier's paintings frequently carry a tension or provocation that appeals to the younger generation of Filipino artists. Her primary sources of inspiration are movies and photography.

She gained notoriety in 2003 when she won the Cultural Center of the Philippines' Thirteen Artists award, and she has since had numerous exhibitions of her work both domestically and overseas.

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4. Dina Chhan

Dina Chhan was raised in a refugee camp in Poipet, a town close to the Thai border, after being born in Phnom Penh. She is one of the few women artists working in contemporary Cambodian art. In 2016, she took part in the Cambodian Living Arts Fellows Program. She was presented with the CLMTV Contemporary Art Awards at Thailand's Mahasarakham University.

Women's experiences and roles are among Chhan's themes. She also examines themes related to wildlife and nature. Her "On the Verge of Extinction" display highlighted endangered bird species in Cambodia. Her other work "Drawing the Golden Thread," which highlighted the splendor of Cambodia's natural beauty, was screened at the Intercontinental hotel. She often notes that inspiration for her works comes to her during treks through the local rain forests, observing the chaotic vivid gestalt that develops as one venture more into the depths of Cambodian greenery. Each work of art depicts wildlife from the amazon expressing themselves amidst their hyperrealistic surroundings.

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5. Nguyen Trinh Thi

Hanoi-based independent filmmaker, documentarian, and video artist Nguyen Trinh Thi was born in 1973. She is renowned for using experimentation with the moving image to take a multi-layered, intimate, and poetic approach to divisive histories and contemporary events. Thi is regarded as the most renowned video artist in the current art scene in Vietnam. She is one of the pioneers of independent cinema in her native country. She contributes significantly to the nation's cinema, and her work has been shown in festivals and exhibitions around the world.

Her works, which draw inspiration from her origins, are striking and menacing, focusing on social and cultural struggles, particularly the complicated, traumatic history of Vietnam and its ramifications in the present. In her longer documentaries, she avoids voiceovers and uses serene, silent imagery to let the citizens of her nation speak directly to the camera. She has constantly explored the function of memory in the required revealing of obscure, misplaced, or misunderstood histories in her diversified practice, as well as the place of artists in Vietnamese culture.



Marjorie Ann M. Patricio is a Digital Marketing and Brand Development intern of PS Media Enterprise. She is currently a 4th-year Communication Research student at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Sta. Mesa, Manila.


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