This exhibition features a selection of drawing works by a Malaysian artist, Shooshie Sulaiman. She was introduced at the "Emotional Drawing" (The National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo and The National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto) and she has gained attention in recent years since her participation in the Yokohama Triennale 2017 “Islands, Constellations & Galapagos” (Yokohama Museum of Art and others, 2017) and the "Sunshower" (Mori Art Museum and The National Art Center, Tokyo 2017).
Along with her drawing series exhibited at the Yokohama Triennale 2017, drawn using the soil and water of Yokohama and which were based on mythical tales the artist herself had created, the exhibition showcases the “Versailles Series” that depict floating images of the Palace of Versailles as its motif which she created during her stay in Paris.
Born in Malaysia in 1973, Shooshie Sulaiman is currently recognized as one of the most important contemporary artists of Southeast Asia. Of both Malay and Chinese origin, the history of Southeast Asia, the culture of her homeland of Malaysia, as well as her personal memories and her own identity, serve as significant themes within her work. An almost mystical air permeates Sulaiman’s oeuvre, with works produced through diverse approaches such as drawings, collages, installations, and performances that at times appropriate natural elements from trees, soil, to water that are native to the land. Through them, the works inform viewers of the complex and inextricably connected relationship between human beings, nature, and art.