Small Flies and Other Wings

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  • Provenance

    Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    Born in the 1970s and achieving international recognition by the early 2000s, Christine Ay Tjoe is situated within a pivotal group of Indonesian contemporary artists such as I Nyoman Masriadi, Handiwirman Saputra, and Rudi Mantofani. Distinguishing herself from her peers not only as a female artist, but as a leading abstract artist of her generation, Christine Ay Tjoe’s works are immediately recognisable and deeply evocative. While Ay Tjoe’s works first confront the viewer with her distinctive use of overlapping lines and seemingly abstract application of colour, a closer investigation often reveals amorphous or skeletal biological forms representing her thematic preoccupations with the fragility of life, the inevitability of death, and the beauty found within the individual experience of these universal truths.

    In Small Flies and Other Wings, the deceptively inviting use of rose pink and other bright accents of colour quickly gives way to the frenetic energy of the central composition as we locate the delicate and almost translucent bodies of flies absorbed within a cacophony of colour and lines. The expressively gestural quality of Ay Tjoe’s lines draws the eye darting across the canvas until we reach an awareness of the scene as a veritable graveyard of flies amidst disjointed wings of other insects. Plunging the viewer into an immersive experience, the work provokes introspection into our own attitudes towards death by highlighting its pervasiveness, and our morbid fascination with it. Ay Tjoe affords some visual respite in the lower half of the composition where the muted background is allowed to show through, but even then the space is interrupted by smears of red and black paint – colours that are respective signifiers of life and death. Like insects drawn to a lightsource, we too approach life with a single-minded fervour, and it is this insastiable lust for life despite an awareness of death that Ay Tjoe celebrates.

  • Catalogue Essay

    生於上世紀70年代並於二十一世紀早期獲得國際認可, 克裡絲汀.艾珠與米斯尼亞迪、蘇普塔拉及曼度凡尼等藝術家位列印尼當代藝術翹楚。不僅憑藉女性藝術家身份有別於同僚,而且作爲同輩中的先鋒抽象藝術家,克裡絲汀.艾珠的作品極具辨識度並引起深刻共鳴。其作品給觀者第一印象是獨特的重疊線條以及看似抽象的顏色運用,仔細端詳之後,會發現不規則亦或是骨骼狀的生物形態,以代表她對於生命的脆弱、死亡的無可避免以及藏身於個人體驗普世真理之美感等主題的關注。


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Property of an Important Private Collector

Small Flies and Other Wings

signed and dated 'Christine 13' lower right; further signed, titled and dated 'ay tjoe Christine "Small Flies and Other Wings" 2013' on the reverse
oil on canvas
165.3 x 150.5 cm (65 1/8 x 59 1/4 in.)
Executed in 2013.

HK$900,000 - 1,200,000 

sold for HK$11,720,000

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