This year’s Contemporary Young Artist Award winner is London-based Millie Suu-Kyi; a multi-discipline artist whose work incorporates ceramics, illustration and textiles.
Having just graduated in 2019 with a degree in Decorative Arts, Millie’s illustrative art has already been recognised through a commission for the BBC Sounds app. Her submission for the Contemporary Young Artist Award was ‘If The Shoe Fits’, a series of three ceramic sculptures which act as a social commentary on being a modern Brit.
Curator Sam Waters, explains why the team selected Millie’s work as this year’s winning entry:
We were won over by the spirit and moxie of Millie's work. It's heartening, satisfying - and uncommon - to see a young artist have the visual and emotional dexterity to be able to handle serious ideas with a lightness of touch and well-judged wit. She navigates with great levity the complicated and sometimes competing or contradictory dynamics of socially-engaged art - being humorous, but not flippant; sincere but not earnest; warm but not sentimental; and critical but not unkind. Her work is coherent and straightforward, full of subtleties and complexities, and her strength of conviction and personality as an artist shine through it.