During 14 – 22 October the new solo exhibition ‘Digidream’ by Finnish artist Soile Yli-Mäyry took place at Goshen Art Gallery, Millennia Walk, Singapore. A crowd of art enthusiasts came to the opening to admire the colourful paintings of the artist, who was exhibiting in Singapore for the tenth time now. The Ambassador of Finland, H.E Mrs. Paula Parviainen was the Guest of Honour.
The exhibition was part of celebrations of Finland’s 100 years of independence, and one of Yli-Mäyry’s solo exhibitions in seven locations this year: New York, Copenhagen, Tokyo, Rome, Singapore, Mumbai and Dubai.
Digidream showcased 37 paintings with four main pieces. In her work, Yli-Mäyry examines the universal theme of humanity and people’s alienation from nature in the urban world.
“We live in a digital world, and by using modern technology we can easily communicate with people independent of their cultural background. In this Digiworld we have plenty of information, but this world does not necessarily have any contact on what happens inside a human. People are mentally very lonely. Art – music, literature and visual arts – can create bridges between people and show what really happens inside another person”, explained Yli-Mäyry.
Yli-Mäyry’s artwork has been exhibited in over 30 countries and 300 art exhibitions. She makes her paintings using a palette knife and uses paint in three ways: a thin even coat, thick lines, and scraping lines into the painted area for a three-dimensional look.
“I am happy to welcome Soile Yli-Mäyry back to Singapore. Over the past 20 years she has found a firm supporter base here with her bright and colourful art works that bring a piece of Finland to Asia”, said Mrs. Parviainen.
With a variety of cultural events offered in Singapore during the jubilee year, SF100SG aims to build bridges between Singapore and Finland through arts.
Suomi Finland 100 Singapore is an organisation working closely with the Embassy of Finland running over 60 events in Singapore this year. The main goal is to greatly strengthen the knowledge of Finland by building bridges that would boost cultural and university exchange programs, tourism, business and investment opportunities with Singapore.