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Art Watch : Shing Yin Khor

Shing Yin Khor is our Art Watch Artist for today. This section is brought to you by Art From Us and Divvya Nirula. The Artists we spotlight here can be from any field, across any discipline, and using a variety of media. We share here why we think they are important and worth – watching. Be it genius creators of eras gone by or the upcoming contemporary artist who is yet to have their first show. All come under the purview of Art Watch. 

Why Shing Yin Khor ?

Shing Yin Khor is an exhibiting gallery artist. She does sculptural work and is primarily a design and installation artist. Khor has a high level of interest in her environment. And she creates art out of anything – for her ideas flow in, grow, take root and then bloom. By her own admission she does a lot of things. However, her core area of work deals with engaging sense perceptions. To watch her projects is a treat. Since there are no boundaries from how they were conceptualised and created.

For anyone who has stumbled upon Shing Yin Khor’s work, they probably have no idea that they have only one end of the twine. There is just so much that is about to come tumbling out. To put it simply, Khor is a prolific, creative polymath. It’s an uphill to demarcate and delineate her work. Simply because whether it is medium (she works multimedia – doing large scale installations as an exhibiting gallerist) to working on multimedia, and then fusing the two. Khor first started creating comics and graphic novels where she chose to explore relevant themes. Subsequently, this grew into a profession. For Khor – the turning point was attending the Venice Biennale in 2000. Here, she viewed Gregor Schneider, notably his installation “Dead House u r”. Khor discovered that experiential art was her calling. And this was the way to express herself. 

Art in the Times of Corona

As Covid-19 crises has hit all sectors of business and altered life for everyone, artist and galleries too have taken a hit. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and lead to a hothouse of creativity for this creative artist. This time Khor is back – with a unique fusion of Animal Crossing an immensely popular Nintendo game and her creative take on it, of course involving art. Her recreation through the game of one of the iconic works of Marina Abramovic’s, The Artist is Present is a brilliant for its contextualising of art, in current times. And the efficient and engaging utilization of modern media.  Further, Khor has also recreated Christo and Jeanne Claude’s installation artwork Umbrellas, for this wildly popular game. Khor had never played Animal Crossing, before the era of self-isolation. But it has certainly opened a new portal of explorations, creating a momentary diversion from daily stresses. Khor is currently building working on a version of Chris Burden’s famous Urban Light.  This is time consuming as streetlights are expensive to collect in the game !

Speaking to Binge Post, the artist says –

“I’m fairly certain I’m simply utilizing Animal Crossing as an area to goof off proper now however the artwork world additionally has plenty of tree branches up their collective butts, so I’m having fun with responding to and poking enjoyable at it inside this little recreation.”

Khor said that for the longest time, her ability to create multiple things and nose dive into various processes bothered her as she was surrounded by peers who happened to be incredibly focussed. But the more she created and with the support from her friends she created a singular niche for herself and for the incredible work that she does.  

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