Lot 059

b. Kuala Lumpur, 1969


Signed and dated ‘Siew Ying 2012’ (upper left)
Charcoal and acrylic medium on paper mounted on canvas
137cm x 259cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur.

Floated - Malaysian Contemporary Artists Exhibition,
Kendra Gallery, Bali, Indonesia, 2012.

ESTIMATE  RM 40,000 - 50,000
Run Baby Run is a meticulously and delicately executed piece by the devoted aesthete, Chong Siew Ying. At a scale of grandeur, the monochromatic illustration of a blindfolded anonymous young woman in the act of escaping from the unknown in a vast field of grass suggests vulnerability and uncertainty. More questions are left unanswered: Who is she? Where is she? Where is she going? Where is she from? Why is her eyesight restrained while her hands are free? Who is she running away from and why? Such inquisitions make the viewer feel compelled to take her hand and save her from her troubles.

The idea behind this work - exhibited in group show in Bali with her compatriots Jalaini Abu Hassan and Bayu Utomo Radjikin - is to explore “the realm of the sub consciousness, the imaginary between fragments of memories and the contemporary realities.” Siew Ying interprets “the social and cultural realities that undergo constant changes in an everincreasing pace” by focusing on “three dimensional concepts associated with internal values, such as relationship with nature, the overshadowing of spaces of origin, and human beings in their intimate, lyrical, and poetic aspects.” Her technical dexterity lies in handling charcoal delicately and at the same time expressively displays the emotional and instinctive qualities that she possesses.

Chong Siew Ying’s bold figures have opened new vistas into the art, psychology and physiology of painting the body, what with her latest series where Chinese philosophy and ink-andbrush starkness are infused. Her figures were transformed after studying at the L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Versailles (1991-1994) and then the L’Atelier 63 (1994 - 1996). Her early tutelage was at the Petaling Jaya College of Art and Design (Graphic Design, Diploma, 1990). On her return from Paris, she was selected for Rimbun Dahan artists’ residency from 1999 to 2000, which was followed by another at the Vermont Studio Centre in the United States in 2001. In 2002, she clinched a Special Award in the Young Contemporary Artists competition and she was a finalist for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize in 2005. Her solo exhibitions in the region include Many Splendoured Things (2006), Going Away, Coming Home (2002) and Chong Siew Ying: Selected Works 1996-1997 in Kuala Lumpur, 1998. In Paris, she had solo exhibitions at the Maison Tch’A, Atelier D.Maravel and Gallery Café Panique. Her works are collected by the National Visual Arts Gallery in Kuala Lumpur as well as respected private collections in Malaysia, Singapore, France and the USA. She now lives and works as a full-time artist in Malaysia.

FLOATED - Malaysian Contemporary Artists Exhibition catalogue,
article by Rifky Effendy, Kendra Gallery, Indonesia, 2012.