Born in Myanmar in 1987, Nyan Soe’s works often reflect a lyrical and contemplative quality. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from the University of East Yangon, Myanmar, before graduating from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) with a Diploma in Fine Art (Sculpture) in 2013. Known for his ceramic installations, Nyan Soe is also well-versed in other mediums, such as Chinese seal carving and installation art. The multi-talented artist often draws inspiration from his personal experience and articulates these feelings cleverly in his works.
The artwork titled rorriM spells “mirror” in reverse. This installation pays tribute to the Wunderkammer, the cabinet of curiosities, which gained popularity in mid-16th century Europe as a repository of diverse objects meant to showcase one’s physical accumulation of knowledge and understanding of the world. The 88 objects in rorriM are part of a self-assembled cabinet, where objects were either crafted by the artist or collected found objects that were picked for their symbolic meaning. Demonstrating order and logic in all oddities, the cluttered shelf reflects the artist’s thoughts and musings, which he likens to the process of growing as an artist.