Yuet Yean Teo was born in Malaysia and began her art education at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Art in Singapore. She went on to secure a place on the BA Fine Art course at the prestigious Camberwell College of Art in London where she developed a body of work around the idea of shadow and light and its effects on transforming the ordinary and everyday interactions between city dwellers.
Yean recently completed her Masters in Printmaking at Buckinghamshire New University, she has also in recent years taken part in a series of exhibitions in the UK as well as China and Japan. Her painterly technique brings a sense of spontaneity to her printmaking process which she continues to develop and refine.
This ‘swing’ series of prints is inspired by the Chinese concept of Yin and Yang and my experience of moving from countryside to town, town to city, and country to country. In traditional Chinese belief the circle represents the sky and the square represents the land. Thus, ‘Earth’ is represented by a square and ‘Heaven’ by a circle. In Chinese this is expressed as ‘Tian Yuan Di Fang’ (Chinese simplified: 天圆地方) in which ‘Tian Yuan’ means Heaven represented by a circle and ‘Di Fang’ is Earth represented by a square. This also relates to the idea of Yin and Yang.
My work explores the integration of traditional Chinese Painting ‘freehand style’, also known as ‘literati painting’, with a western oil painting style. I am combining my Chinese Painting skills with a more painterly approach to contemporary printmaking. I employ inter-disciplinary skills to express my unique cross-cultural perspective. My work is concerned with transmutation of technique, subject matter, self and outside influences.