IN FLUID MO­TION

Artist Jewelle Ye­ung fi­nally de­cides to set­tle down, in turn rous­ing a set of ab­strac­tions to roar­ing life

Cebu Living - - Profile - By PRIS­TINE L. DE LEON Im­ages by SAM LIM

In her book A His­tory of Sen­su­al­ity, Amer­i­can es­say­ist and nat­u­ral­ist Diane Ack­er­man states that “our senses de­fine the edge of con­scious­ness . . . [and so] we spend a lot of our lives pac­ing the windswept perime­ter.”

That said, there are prob­a­bly few sights in the city more se­duc­tive than artist Jewelle Ye­ung’s painted visual eu­pho­ria. They teeter on the highs and lows of feel­ing, as if some sort of cal­cu­lated drunk­en­ness were in­volved in their cre­ation. What she re­ally wanted to do, she says, “was to go nuts.”

Her hair tied in a messy high bun the afternoon she al­lows us into her stu­dio, the bub­bly, out­spo­ken fash­ion de­signer- turnedartist tells us she’s ba­si­cally been a her­mit for the past weeks. “Oh my god, I’m the worst per­son to ask what’s go­ing on in the city,” she says, laugh­ing. “I don’t go out.”

There’ve been, of course, sev­eral things that have kept her busy. Her clients in Manila com­prise of So­laire and a few private col­lec­tors, while in Hong Kong, she col­lab­o­rates with Above Sec­ond Gallery and an ar­ti­san purist tea com­pany called Basao.

She just launched a show last Feb. 11 in Manila called “Bio­philia,” cu­rated by art and de­sign com­pany Col­lec­tive 88. This March, she’s hav­ing an exhibit in Hong Kong along with other artists, the group­ing brought about by Qube Gallery for the Asia

JEWELLE YE­UNG DE­SCRIBES HER WORK AS A CROSS BE­TWEEN SUR­RE­AL­ISM

AND AB­STRACT EX­PRES­SION­ISM.

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