|Year of stay:||2023|
Aarti Meyappan Pillai (b. 2000, Singapore) is a conceptual artist with a background in a variety of artistic mediums including installation, sound and new media. Her works are an invitation to intuit viscerally through the senses and occupy a space of curious tactility: drawing from her childhood experiences of braiding grass, weaving fallen leaves, tracing patterns in sand, and playing amidst seafoam. Through exploration of these tactile experiences in her works, she seeks to cultivate an embodied love for the natural world despite the proliferation of urbanisation. At the core of her practice is a profound connection to the ocean. The ocean has no centre and as such, all creatures are a locus, and everyone is a centre. This metaphor of the ocean inspires her work as a radical proposition of abundance. Her practice weaves the threads of connection to the natural world, preservation of oral histories, femineity, and queerness, to create a rich and evocative tapestry.