20 January 2023

SIOE JENG TSAO

colourful and uplifting eye candy tip

Forget the most depressing day of the year, forget the rain, cold and snow. Our editor Jesse van den Berg has the perfect remedy in the shape of a bubbly, colourful and uplifting Eye Candy tip. Meet Sioe Jeng Tsao and their beautiful artworks.

Jesse: “Sioe Jeng Tsao (she/they), also known as SEEYOUSIOE is a multidisciplinary artist, speaker and activist born in Amsterdam (1991), Their work, consisting of paintings and digital illustrations, is a colourful exploration of different social aspects like feminism, climate change, racial justice, power dynamics, reclaiming space, gender, togetherness and queer joy. Sioe Jeng is known for her outspoken character and is not afraid to seek discomfort or confrontation with her audience.

Tsao finds inspiration in the different intersections of lived experience in between different generations, cultures and identities. Through her social platform she shares her messy, but realistic healing journey of decolonisation and intergenerational trauma. Building bridges between communities by sharing her views and amplifying the voices of the underrepresented. Sioe Jeng always finds an authentic way of using her vulnerability and personal stories with the ones around her as their greatest strength, as mentioned on their website.”

“What I find beautiful about the work of Sioe is how they found such an important place of communicating her experiences and the experiences of other marginalised groups with a very strong and personal aesthetic. You immediately recognise the work of Sioe by their way of using style, colours, compositions but also by what Sioe finds important to showcase, and who they choose to be part of her work. Sioe also finds ways to let the core of their work present in commissions she does, that’s something that can be a big challenge.

It’s very important for people to see themselves represented in all aspects that are part of their identity. Sioe is, from my point of view, a person who has an important voice and helps people feeling seen and heard. From stories of BIPOC and queer people, all the way to normalising beauty standards that are barely shown in the mainstream media.”

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