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Yvette Tang

About The Artist

Born in Hong Kong in the ’60s, Yvette Tang spent her child- hood living in an imaginary bubble. She didn’t fit with the other kids and spent most of her time alone, observing the nature and the bugs, or dreaming of friendly monsters.When she was 18, her rebellious behavior caused her parents to send her away to Michigan, to study accounting. Instead of that, she enjoyed her newly acquired freedom, surrounded by people from different cultures, this freedom will leave a permanent mark in her art.

Later in the ’90s, she moved with her parents to Vancouver. She had an eclectic range of jobs in numerous fields until her mother’s cancer revived the urge to create for her. She applied to Emily Carr University of Art and Design, was accepted, and started her academic art studies. Being surrounded by inspirational and open-minded people, Yvette finally found a place where she belongs.

She discovered Yayoi Kusama, one of her major influence as they share the same obsessive approach to art, Wim Delvoye and the Chapman Brothers for their provocative artworks, and Max Ernst, for his playful and surreal vision of life. Inspired by these artists, Yvette constructed her own language, starting from drawing and painting to eventually switch to photography to tell her stories.

Her work is about a parallel reality. Some of this aspect is purely fictional, and represent what’s happening in her head, and some are inspired by real life and what she sees and experience. She is the fetish master of this fantasy world, inhabited by organic monsters and strong characters. This place could be kinky, weird and playful, but also political when she decides to reverse the power balance, transforming prey into predators.


Artist Statement

MY ART IS A LOVE
AFFAIR/LOVE LETTER
TO MYSELF AND SOMETIMES
TO THE PEOPLE I WORK
WITH. IT HURTS, IT CUTS,
IT’S EUPHORIC,
ADDICTIVE, IT
DISAPPOINTS, EXCITES
AND SATISFIES. IT MAKES
EMPTINESS MORE EMPTY,
MAKES LOVE MORE
PRECIOUS AND
IMPOSSIBLE. MAGICAL,
ART MAKING IS ME, THE
ONLY WAY TO BE AND
TO LIVE, OR I FEEL DEAD
INSIDE. TO SUM IT UP, DO
OR DIE.
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