STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery
Text graphics feature heavily in Pae White’s oeuvre. Specifically in her alphabet-based works, the artist is interested in having the viewer do their own art directing through the amalgamation of symbols.
With STPI, White created a series of flocked alphabets (and numerals in some cases) against black, grey and white backgrounds. While the flocked works for the black and grey backgrounds are brilliantly coloured, her albino alphabets utilise only a singular tone. Through close observations, one can catch shades of pinks, yellows and greens, but ultimately, they all tend toward the pristine tonality of white. In this manner, this series is an exploration in whiteness and its possibilities, a colour that is supposedly bland and plain in nature.
Interestingly, the colours were created in-house at STPI’s workshop due to not being commercially available. As a result, when peering at the works closely, one can actually make out a few different colours coming together to create that singular tone. This further amplifies the artist’s survey of what the colour white can encapsulate
Pae White’s diverse practice is marked by her uses of unconventional materials such as glass, marble,
fabric, marzipan, marshmallows, and vinyl. Merging art, design, craft and architecture, White responds
to materials and the site to create captivating works that challenge our perception and expectation
of mediums and techniques. By collaborating with different artisans and industrial fabricators, the
artist realises her ideas through playful explorations, reflecting a desire to create work beyond her
At STPI, the artist allowed for chance and collaboration to guide her artistic production. This resulted in
a wide series of works that combines recurring motifs in her oeuvre, such as the use of alphabets and
threads, with the opportunities presented to her at STPI’s workshop and in Singapore; for example, the
use of lettuce as material and heavily exploring the flocking technique on two-dimensional surfaces.
All in all, explorations were made into ideas such as space, colours, material, rhythm and movement,
and change and transformation.
Recent solo exhibitions and public commissions include Friendship is Magic, STPI, Singapore (2021);
~ ~ ~ ~~~~~~~v2, neugerriemschneider, Berlin (2021); Noisy Blushes, San Jose Museum of Art, San
Jose (2020), Beta Space: Pae White, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose (2019); Presumptive Close,
greengrassi, London (2018); Demondaine, Kaufmann Repetto Gallery, Milan (2017); Qwalala, Le Stanze
del Vetro, Venice (2017); Command- Shift-4, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle
(2015); Special No. 127, neugerriemschneider, Berlin (2014); Genau or Never, greengrassi, London
(2014); O R L L E G R O, MAK, Vienna (2013); Too much night, again, South London Gallery, London
(2013) and S U M M E R X X, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia (2012); among many
Her works are part of prominent public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA),
New York; Tate Modern, London; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Museum of
Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Art Institute of Chicago; and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Screenprint, multi-colour flocking 26-part installation
63 x 63 x 3.8cm each