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Malay Peninsula Encounter

​Colour pencil, water colour on textured paper

2022 - 2024

These artworks delve into the poignant moments where gazes meet. In this era of global migration, the encounter and connection between two individuals is a profoundly human experience. It's akin to two points converging, forming a path of shared vision where gazes overlap, intertwine, and exchange sentiments. Today, as we embrace a culture of shared experiences, the barriers of singular cultural systems are softened, allowing for the exploration of diverse perspectives and enriching the tapestry of life. For portrait artists, each portrait is a challenge to capture not just the physical likeness, but the essence of the soul, a delicate dance between what's seen and unseen. It's a lifelong pursuit, a journey of self-discovery reflected in strokes of paint. In my artistic journey, I find solace in exploring the mundane, infusing ordinary scenes with deep contemplation, slowly unraveling the layers of meaning. As the saying goes, "No man ever steps on the same river twice." Each encounter, each gaze shared, leaves an indelible mark, weaving together the fabric of our collective existence. These portraits, born from fleeting encounters in the flux of life, serve as a testament to the beauty of human connection. With each stroke of my sketches, I aim to capture the transient nature of our existence, preserving the memories of our brief encounters in the vast expanse of time, until we are but wisps of memory in the twilight of our years. "Malay Peninsula Encounter" documents the people I encountered while traveling from the south to the north of the Malay Peninsula from 2013 until 2024. In addition to depicting the faces of various local ethnicities, I also documented those who came from across the seas and worked hard in this country. Surviving in a multicultural nation, the distance between individuals is both close and distant, and the competitive ecological environment often leads to tension in interpersonal relationships. However, at the same time, the cultural and ideological differences between ethnic gaps enrich the urban texture of this land. The clash and confrontation of ideas often result in the emergence of new collective values.

這組作品關乎凝視的交集。 大流動的時代裡,兩個個體遇見、交流,是極其日常的生活方式。兩個個體遇見,如同一個點連接另一個點 ,形成一條凝視的路徑,視線在這條路徑上重疊、交錯、交換。如今,人們頻繁於分享體驗模式,那些關於生命、生活、生存體驗的共享,使得單一文化體系不再如同過去般嚴密而不容侵犯。由一種語言鑄成的思想體系,探勘到另一種觀點而形成的多元路徑,是生命走向豐富的機遇。 對於人物畫家而言,肖像畫總在挑戰藝術家在凝視對象的過程裡,如何塑形可見與不可見的獨到見解,在形似與神似之間,逐漸落實藝術家一生的投射行爲,來完成他的自畫像。在我的藝術實踐裡,總願意在日常裡細問普通情節,爲平凡的事物思索造型,在馬拉松式的藝術生涯裡,逐一總結意義。 沒人能踏入同樣的河兩次,每一次的相遇都不可能和前一次的邂逅展開一樣的感覺,生成同樣的記憶。這是一批建立於流動中相遇而生成的社會集體肖像,我計劃在每一年裡固定描繪一批因流動而相遇的人物臉孔,記錄人在漫長銀河裡的短暫存在,直到暮年垂垂老矣。

Selected works

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29/12/2022, Taiping, Perak

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11/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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05/01/2023, Marang, Terengganu

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02/01/2023, Bachok, Kelantan

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05/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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17/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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11/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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02/01/2023, Bachok, Kelantan

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16/06/2013, Lebuh Pudu, Kuala Lumpur

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08/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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10/04/2014, Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur

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24/02/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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128

02/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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124

17/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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119

05/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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134

11/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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005

16/06/2013, Lebuh Pudu, Kuala Lumpur

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011

28/11/2015, Lebuh Pudu, Kuala Lumpur

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126

10/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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018

07/08/2018, Pulau Carey, Selangor

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055

27/06/2023. Pandamaran, Selangor

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125

05/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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122

17/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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09/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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10/06/2013. Lebuh Pudu, Kuala Lumpur

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24/02/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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04/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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05/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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110

05/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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014

05/01/2023, Marang, Terengganu

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06/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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01/01/2023, Gerik, Perak

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01/10/2013, Kota Raya, Kuala Lumpur

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01/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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09/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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09/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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01/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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10/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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01/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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095

09/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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097

06/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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05/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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096

02/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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01/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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06/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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25/02/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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089

12/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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11/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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08/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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01/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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31/01/2023, Telok Panglima Garang, Selangor

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24/02/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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11/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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31/01/2023, Telok Panglima Garang, Selangor

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05/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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25/02/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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08/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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10/04/2014. Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur

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02/03/2024, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

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064

07/08/2018, Pulau Carey, Selangor

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056

31/12/2022.Kuala Sepetang, Perak

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09/01/2023, Johor Bahru, Johor

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12/02/2024, George Town, Penang

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08/01/2023, Mersing, Johor

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10/01/2023, Johor Bahru, Johor

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Design for Rectilinear Space Confronted with the challenge of rectilinear space posed by event planners, my initial instinct was to reinforce depth and extend the artist's gaze within the pictorial space, viewing it as a process of movement. With this notion in mind, the dynamic tension inherent in Caravaggio's paintings, which is particularly adept at capturing the intense dynamism of figures, became the motivating force through which I sought to pay homage. The coffee shop series represents a condensed portrayal of diverse social spaces. Within this body of work, I depict the presence and activities of neighbouring individuals, reflecting the inner restlessness of my own existence. This serves as a reshaping of lived experiences and memories. By re-organising facial expressions and interactive behaviours of characters and linking individuals of various ethnicities within a single composition, I compress the dimension of time and gather fragments of space into an imagined whole. Through the representation of others through my own reflection, I find an opportunity to reassess my own forms of existence and value.

爲直角空間而作的設計 面對來自活動策劃者提出的直角空間的挑戰,我第一直覺便是可以在畫面上強化景深和展延藝術家的注視行爲這種運動過程,念頭至此,卡拉瓦喬繪畫裡極爲擅長的緊張人物動態,便成爲了我想藉此機會緻敬的繪畫動機。 咖啡館系列是我對多元社會空間的濃縮呈現,我在這組創作裡,展現了注視鄰座他人的存在與活動,來映射自身存在的內心躁動,這是一種生存經驗與記憶的重塑。透過重新組織人物神情和互動行爲,將多族群人物串聯在同一個畫面裡,過程裡除了濃縮了時間的維度,亦集結了空間的碎片於一個想象的整體裡,藉由他人在我投射裡的二度顯現,我有了契機重新審視存在的形式與價值。

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