Taking its title from her internet moniker that has made her synonymous with contemporary embroidery, Times New Romance is a body of figurative work exploring moments from her personal life.
Based on photographs of herself, Liam recreates subtle compositions in her signature dark green thread. The combination of secure and loose fibres create an almost sculptural aesthetic as her static figures contrast the dynamic movement of each strand of hair.
After the visual release of her images via social media in 2017, Liam has cultivated an impressive online following which continues to gain momentum. From her early minimal works in 2016 through to her later more complex designs; Liam´s work will be on public display for the first time with Item Gallery Paris.
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Sheena Liam is a Malaysian born artist and model most notable for winning Asia´s Next Top Model. As a child, Liam learnt the basics of embroidery from her mother and found herself revisiting the medium time and time again as means of self expression between travelling and modelling. The release of her first pieces garnered wide media attention which has escalated as her practice has evolved. She is drawn to figurative art and models for many of her own pieces.
“In a strange way modelling parallels my art in the sense I often have to use body language as means of expressing a certain sort of mood. It’s no different from my embroideries.”
Times New Romance | A solo exhibition by Sheena Liam
Item Gallery Paris | 51, Rue du Montparnasse
Open to the public 19th to 27th October 2019