Soe Yu Nwe
Born 1989 Lashio, Shan State, Myanmar
Lives and works in
Ceramicist Soe Yu Nwe grew up in Yangon, Myanmar, and completed her formal education in the United States. She returned to Myanmar and set up a studio there in 2016. Myanmar has a strong tradition of ceramic work, although few artists venture beyond traditional utilitarian objects into a more experimental and contemporary domain. While residing in the United States, Soe Yu Nwe turned to ceramics to express her feelings of disconnection and to reflect on elements of her culture and heritage. Many of her works are based around the female body and are fragmented and transformed into visceral, semi-botanical sculptures that explore themes of anxiety and yearning for connection. She is also interested in folklore and Buddhist and animistic practices in her native country. Serpents, trees, houses, shrines and vessels frequently appear in her work as metaphors for the self and the feminine body.