Ay Tjoe Christine



Intimations of loss, longing, and spiritual trauma are divulged by Indonesian-born Christine Ay Tjoe. Exorcising perceptions of emotional and religious forebearance within her deeply personal artistic journeys, the artist relieves themes of Catholic sensibilities, figural violence and bodily consumption. The end result of her cathartic gestures are manifested in startling quality upon her canvases; taking the shape of abstract, barely human figures stretching out gauzy, bleeding fingers raking down the spatial planes. Otherwise they merge together in spectral celebration of the eucharist, an ecstatic rejoicing in the union of physical self with a godly host. Abstinence, suffering, and metaphysical transformation are primary subjects within Ay Tjoe’s artistic impulses; however there is always the redeeming aspect of a sort of spiritual absolvency.



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