|Kai-Oi Jay Yung (Liverpool)||
© Olivia Moura
The artist, who was born in 1976, calls herself a BBC, a British-born Chinese (www.myspace.com/kaioi). After studying French and Literature at Sheffield University, she completed an arts degree at Dundee University in 2006. Since 2004 she has shown her skills in four solo and several group exhibitions, most of them in England. Moreover, Kai-Oi Jay Yung has worked as an assistant for an on-line art collection, and in Dundee in the exhibition department of the university and as a PR person in a contemporary art gallery.
"Prior to pursuing my passion for art, I studied French at Sheffield University and worked in public relations, London for clients ranging from Microsoft to Warner Brothers. I graduated with a first in my self-funded BA (Hons) Fine Art, The University of Dundee, 2006.
In January 2006, Clive Gilman, designer, FACT, Liverpool and director, Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre selected me for the Professional Artist Development Scheme, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, where I recently held a solo show. I am now exhibiting on a local and international level, from Intermedia Gallery, Glasgow, Ganghut, Melbourne, Primo Piano, Italy, and The Whitechapel Gallery, London to Scope New York and upcoming Florence Biennial, 2007. Commissions include Liverpool Biennial, 2006 and review writing for A-N and Another Late Night. Coverage includes front cover for A-N's Future Forecast, a broadcast interview for Channel M, 'Zeitgeist', Radio 2 and The Metro profiles and interviews. Residencies include Cove Park, invited by artist Graham Fagen, as well as Coldstore Berlin and a collaborative invitation with The Royal Standard, Villa Waldberta, Munich."
Statement Kai-Oi Jay
My cross-disciplinary practice confronts spectator with a playful reassessment of identity. As British born Chinese, I seek to understand how we function within particular cultures. My exploration of an unfamiliar location, Germany; its associated language, customs, history of rule and its people unravel from my anchor point at Villa Waldberta, Feldafing. Pulling together fragments of personal stories; Dachau's turbulent history and neurotic glory-fall of Ludwig II; I have interwoven my own enchantment-uncanny fairytale that reconsiders interpretation of artist role through media of performance and video.