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Haegue Yang

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Berlin-based sculptor and installation artist Haegue Yang often combines industrially manufactured and organic materials with sensory effects such as light and scent, challenging classical perceptions of visual art through hidden narratives. She was the first artist to be selected for a residency at STPI in 2012 under the Platform STPI Projects initiative.


During her residency, Yang experimented with locally-purchased spices, herbs and vegetables, using their physical and sensorial characteristics to evoke the senses and instill greater historical, as well as personal narratives to the everyday items. In 2016, she returned to STPI to explore the creative possibilities of constructing folds by manipulating texture and colour nuances in paper, and also built upon her previous experiments. Using more organic materials from the domestic realm like lime leave, arugula, and wild flowers, she created a series of vegetable prints layered with hints of alphabet typography, highlighting the juxtaposition between the man-made and the natural.


Collections include Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; M+, Hong Kong; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

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