Mei Kei’s work centers on the idea of child’s play – a right of childhood and a crucial aspect of children’s physical, intellectual and social development. As an art teacher, Mei Kei was inspired by how children revealed their emotions through doodling and adopted those images for her own visual language. This process tapped into her own childhood memories around picture books, playing with toys, doodling on exercise books, singing and playing music.
The regular layout of her works mimics that of the exercise books used throughout early education, and the characters within those spaces are records of our gradual improvement. Still, each new character brings a curious deviation from the earlier, rather than its perfect replica.
For her latest solo exhibition in TAKSU Kuala Lumpur, “New Mundane” (2020), Mei Kei used the theme “Norma Baharu” or ‘the new normal’ to feature items we take for granted before and now it became our essential.
Born in Kuala Lumpur, Mei Kei completed Diploma in Fine Art in Dasein Academy of Art in 2016. She was a recipient of several awards including the 2017 Jury’s Award for Young Contemporaries (Bakat Muda Sezaman) organised by National Art Gallery (KL).