Dimensions: 48.3cm (H) x 30.5cm (W) x 17.8cm (D) / 19" (H) x 12" (W) x 7" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
I decided to explore women characters in Buddhist tales because I think as a child growing up in Myanmar society which is deeply entrenched in Buddhism, you are indoctrinated with beliefs that you have to do good deeds so that you are born into a better life when you reincarnate again— and better yet, born in a male’s body since that’s the only body you can gain enlightenment. I think as a woman, you are taught to be inferior to man. As a girl, I remembered feeling deeply wounded by the thought of my body being lower and less meritorious, a vessel I can’t gain enlightenment in. In the lens of Buddhism, one can only become Buddha or enlightened in a male body. I am interested in Buddhism as a school of thought but I became less religious. I am fascinated by characters in Buddhist tales that strive towards Buddhahood or the complete opposite.
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Based in: Yangon
Soe Yu Nwe (born.1989) is an artist from Myanmar. After earning a MFA degree in Ceramics at the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design in 2015, Soe Yu has been participating in numerous residencies in the United States and across Asia. Her experience of living cross-culturally has inspired her to reflect upon her own identity through making, conceiving it as a fluid, fragile and fragmented entity. Through transfiguration of her emotional landscape by poetically depicting nature and body in parts, she ponders the complexities of individual identity in this rapidly changing globalized society. Soe Yu’s work has been exhibited internationally. Her recent exhibitions include a group show at Yavuz Gallery (Singapore), ZieherSmith in Chelsea, New York (USA), The National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta (Indonesia), Ayala Museum, Makati (Philippines) and a solo exhibition at Myanm/art, Yangon (Myanmar). Recently, Soe Yu has become an invited member of IAC (International Academy of Ceramics) as the first member from Myanmar. Soe Yu will also be participating in the 2018 Dhaka Art Summit (Bangladesh)’s Bearing Point exhibition and the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT 9) in Brisbane, Australia.
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