Artist Bio

Yoshimi Teh Soo Mei spent a lot of her childhood traveling, and was raised in the midst of stark contrasts-between landscapes, race, economic extremes, and the cultural artifacts of Malaysia’s colonial past; a nexus of East and West. These contrasts have all contributed to her interest in paradoxes and perspectives. Soo Mei received her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2019. Prior to her graduate career, she worked as a printer for several renown artists, a teaching assistant in various printmaking courses and as the printmaking studio manager for the University of Hawai`i at Manoa. She has also taught and assisted for several other printmaking classes at the Honolulu Museum of Art School and Pilchuck Glass School in Washington. She recently completed an artist residency at the Guanlan Original Printmaking Base in ShenZhen, China and participated in the Lithography Conference in Munich, Germany. Her primary practice of stone lithography and paper art explores traditional and non-traditional methodologies that are innovative and experimental. Much of Soo Mei's work recalls her childhood interest in science, but is also reflective of her experiences with East/West culture. Often playful, yet mindful of tradition, Soo Mei's prints are explorations of perception and conception, intention and un-intention, self and non-self. 


 

Photograph by Alex Delapena

Photograph by Alex Delapena