• Issue
  • Jan 01, 2022

The Artists of 2021: Yee I-Lann

YEE I-LANN, hello from the outside, 2019, split bamboo pus weave, black natural dye, and matt sealant. 225364cm. Courtesy the artist and Silverlens Gallery, Makati City.

For as long as she has been an artist, Yee I-Lann has been a social and environmental activist attuned to community dynamics. In the cacophonous lead-up to Malaysia’s 2018 general elections, she found herself unable to think clearly, and decided to return from Kuala Lumpur to her birthplace, Kota Kinabalu. Emerging from a desire for meaningful connection, the tikar (mats) that she has since been co-creating with Bajau Laut and Dusun/Murut artists gained traction in 2021, offering models of togetherness and hope to viewers who find themselves isolated and unmoored by the hullabaloo of the pandemic.