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TCHEU SIONG

b. 1947, Laos
LIVEs and work in luang prabang, laos

Singapore Biennale 2016 Artists TCHEU SIONG

Spirit of Sky and Earth 3 & 4, 2016

Cotton fabric appliqué on cotton fabric
351 × 112 cm (each)
Collection of the Artist

Tree Spirit, 2012

Cotton fabric appliqué on cotton fabric
1427 × 322 cm
Collection of the Artist

Particular to Siong’s artistic repertoire are the lanky creatures – featured prominently on each panel – that represent the ‘shadows’, ‘spirits’ or ‘souls’ of her dreams, which her husband Lao, the village shaman, interprets. In Tree Spirit, Spirit of the Sky and Earth 3 and Spirit of the Sky and Earth 4, Siong uses design motifs that are typical of Hmong embroidery and ‘story clothes’ (pictorial embroidery) – triangles that border her panels symbolise mountains, while the cluster of five circles with a dot in each symbolises a peacock ocellus.