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YiMiao Shih

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YiMiao Shih, That’ll Do, 2023. Embroidery-drawing. Thread, vintage thread, felt, cotton, textile. Courtesy of the artist.

YiMiao Shih (b. 1985) is a London-based interdisciplinary artist. She holds a MA in Visual Communication from Royal College of Art and a BFA in Fine Art from National Taiwan Normal University. She works innovatively with domestic embroidery machines and hand stitching, creating contemporary ‘embroidery-drawing’, as part of her exploration in the field of expanded drawing. She also works with traditional drawing materials as a supporting agent in the process. Her work often satirises contemporary culture and politics, as well as capturing the everyday mundane moments in life.

One of her work ‘RABBEXIT (An Homage to Brexit)’ was featured at the 250th Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition. YiMiao’s first London solo exhibition and six-month residency ‘YiMiao Shih: Rabbrexit Means Rabbrexit’, House of Illustration, London (2019), involved production of a series of new works in mixed media, drawing together YiMiao’s real-world observations of the nationalistic fervour, economic uncertainty and fragmentation of societal bonds brought about by Brexit. Her recent solo show ‘YiMiao Shih and her curious subjects’, Bloomsbury Gallery, London (2022) showcases her continued exploration in the field of expanded drawing. Group shows include: The Woman and The Moon, Paul Smith Mayfair Gallery (2024); Piercing The Veil, Offshoot Arts, Artsy Online (2023); Koppel X Gallery (2023); ING Discerning Eye Exhibition (2022); Mall Galleries, Sunday Times Watercolour Competition (2019); Poster Prize, London Transport Museum (2019); Seventeen Gallery (2019); 250th Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition (2018); CICA Museum, Korea (2018); Street Road Artists Space, USA (2017); Saatchi Gallery, London (2016). Shih is currently an associate lecturer at the Royal College of Art and lecturer at London College of Communication, UAL. She recently received Develop Your Creative Practice grant from Arts Council England, and was invited by 1B Window Gallery in east London for a residency and solo show in Summer 2024.


Photo by Jayoon Choi

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YiMiao Shih, On The Hill, 2023. Stitched drawing on fabric with primed canvas backing. Textile, hand-run embroidery machine. Courtesy of the artist.

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