Lot 081

Chong Ai Lei
b. Johor, 1985

Cling, 2011

signed and dated ‘AILEI 2011’ (lower left)
oil on canvas
89 x 104cm

Private collection, Kuala Lumpur

ESTIMATE RM 8,000 – 14,000

Welcome to a woman’s inner space, a safe space which afford glimpses of her personality, character and habits, like the popular realtime social-media roomview popular among the young, and a new form of exhibitionism. Though this is a static one-clip voyeuristic view, it affords some touch points with the personified: a young woman sitting on her bed having an intimate distraction with her favourite cat. Painted in a monochromatic colour scheme, the artiste enhances the presence of the subject.

After graduating from the Dasein Academy of Art in 2005, she worked freelance as a graphic designer and then briefly, as a gallery assistant before going fulltime in 2010. She had her first three solos overseas: PINK at Yogyakarta’s leading Sangkring Art Space (2013), In The Room at Galerie Canna in Jakarta (2016) and in Hong Kong in 2017, before her first Malaysian solo, When I See You Again, at The Edge Galerie in January 2018. She won the Malaysian Emerging Artists award in 2011 after being a finalist in 2009, and won Honorable Mentions in the Freeman Fellowship Asian Artists Programme in the United States in 2010 and 2011. Her international profile is astounding: Art Stage in Singapore (2015) and Jakarta (2016), START Art Fair in London (2014), Art Busan and Art Taipei (both in 2016), Affordable Art Fair Singapore (2013), Kembara Jiwa (Bandung and Yogyakarta, 2012), Young Guns Singapore (2014) and Concurrence (Manila, 2014). Her auction record of RM35,000, was set at Christie’s Hong Kong in November 2013 for True Romances II.