Tay’s images capture uncertain moments in everyday lives. Her art examines how relationships, priorities, and ways of life are shaped by the socio-political landscape of the places in which her subjects live. However, beyond conventional portraiture, the works underline Tay’s own understanding and projections of personal and familial power dynamics and pressures, as well as the physical and psychological facets of the sitters. The result is a multilayered series with narratives constantly playing off each other, and changing as the artist herself grows with the process and experience.
About the Artist
Wei Leng Tay (b.1978, Singapore) has lived and worked in Hong Kong for the past decade. Her work has been exhibited in the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, the Singapore Art Museum, the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Gallery VER, the Singapore Institute of Contemporary Art, and has been included in such festivals as the Noorderlicht International Photography Festival in The Netherlands, the International Photography Festival of Rome, the F/Stop International Photography Festival in Leipzig and PhotoEspana. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts and the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, and she was a recipient of the Arts Creation Fund by the National Arts Council, Singapore, in 2009. In September 2010, her recent project “Convergence” will be presented as a solo exhibition at NUS Museum’s Baba House. She is represented by Ooi Botos Gallery.