Christine Ay Tjoe

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Christine Ay Tjoe, was born in Bandung, West-Java, Indonesia, and is one of Indonesia’s most celebrated contemporary female artists. She began her career as a graphic artist,  exploring the intaglio drypoint printing technique. Ay Tjoe then moved to working with textiles before returning back to her artistic practice in early 2000.  Her practice encompasses a wide oeuvre of art forms, from painting on canvas and works on paper to sculptures and large-scale installations, that focuses on the human condition as filtered through her own subjective experience, and addresses themes of philosophy and spirituality.

Recognised for her mastery with drypoint technique, she brought new lustre to the art of printmaking.  Ay Tjoe finds solace in pressing the needle hard onto the plate releasing her restrained emotions in expressive, abrupt, angular lines. Her experimentation with drypoint has heavily influenced her practice as she continues to use line to structure her works. Her palette is characterised by earthy tones and deep reds; strong, charged colours that allude to powerful emotions. Ay Tjoe’s works are reflective of her inner thoughts and happenings in her personal life. She embraces the emergence of characters or creatures that form spontaneously in her paintings, using them as representatives for forces of authority and higher beings.

In 2015, a major retrospective of Ay Tjoe’s work was held at SongEun ArtSpace, Seoul. Ay Tjoe has exhibited widely, noted exhibitions include Taboos and Transgressions in Contemporary Indonesian Art at the Johnson Museum at Cornell University, New York; and Beijing International Art Biennale 2003.  She has been featured in group exhibition at institutions such as the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung (2012); Fondazione Claudio Buziol, Venice (2011); Shanghai Contemporary (2010); National Gallery, Jakarta (2009); and the China National Museum of Fine Art (2003). The artist’s recent solo exhibitions include Myriad of ‘paste’, Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo (2016) and Christine Ay Tjoe at White Cube, Bermondsey (2016).