Yavuz Gallery is pleased to announce our fourth solo exhibition with Yeo Kaa, Don’t Worry About Me! I’m Just Passing By! and her first in Australia.
Through Don’t Worry About Me! I’m Just Passing By!, Yeo Kaa highlights the pressurising societal standards and aspirations we inflict upon ourselves. The presentation transforms the gallery into a train platform; digital drawings such as Finally free take cues from the ubiquitous ads and billboards rapidly streaming in our vision while on a speeding train as well as in other public places, yet quickly fade in our memory as soon as we get past them. These tangible musings offer a comforting thought to ease our worries while navigating the literal and allegorical temporary journey.
The exhibition reminds us of the basic reality of life’s transience and the inevitability of passage to oblivion. Though rendered in the artist’s signature candy-coloured palette, we see the vividness of the images fading and blurring, as if they are fleeting impressions gradually disappearing before our eyes. In the carriage series, she portrays crowds on a train ride, capturing the ephemeral sights and encounters we experience in the daily commute as a fitting metaphor for names, places, and events that would all be eventually forgotten through the course of time, even the remarkable ones.
Don’t Worry About Me! I’m Just Passing By! confronts the burden and attempts to liberate our thoughts from the preoccupation with establishing an indelible presence. Yeo Kaa’s works have mostly dealt with the inner demons that torment individuals, at times navigating the dark and macabre, imagined in a vivid fantasy world that disguises sinister themes or suggests irony – though the gift of being present in the moment is precious, any attempt to cast an imprint of permanence is a silly fallacy.