Grace Oh is a Singaporean/Australian embroidery artist. Her journey with needle and thread began as a child when her granny tried to introduce her to cross-stitching and sewing. However, she didn't enjoy it much and soon gave up. Her artistic journey initially began with clay and after six years she decided it was time to move on. Soon she began looking for a new medium and came across a YouTube video about embroidery. Remembering the days in her childhood with her granny sewing, she decided to give it a go. In a way she believes her time with her granny was foreshadowing this newfound love.
In her journey, she’s been able to learn more about her style – incorporating 3D elements and creating interactive pieces. Her art is inspired by objects in her environment, such as the way they are used and the textures these objects possess. Oh uses embroidery to enhance these elements and bring some playfulness to her art.
"Trash House (2021)"
Upon first glance, these scenes remind you of your own home and everyday creature comforts. However, look closer and the materials seem to have something unnatural about them. I have used trash materials found around my home such as plastic, straws, and cardboard, many of these materials were found in the very scenes they are a part of. I have used these trash materials to imitate the objects and activities that bring us comfort in our homes.
We inadvertently use trash materials in our bid to create a cozy atmosphere in our home. The rubbish we use eventually finds its way into our ecosystem and causes mass damage to the flora and fauna in our environment. Is the damage caused to our ecosystem worth it to be cozy?