Contemporary Kebaya at Strait(s) Ahead, April 2014.
"In looking at Baba and Nyonya heritage, it is common to look back at tradition - whether people or artifacts are the focus . Strait(s) Ahead aims to revisit these through contemporary lenses - how would they look like created in 2014? Conceptualised by Niki Cheong, Strait(s) Ahead features the works of Nini Marini, KG Krishnan and Sarah Ameera.” - Strait(s) Ahead, DPAC.
Baba Nyonya Kebaya is a traditional Peranakan garment worn by the Nyonyas (ladies of Peranakan descent) into absolutely almost any occasion around the clock - be it time for sleep, buying groceries at the local market, having an elaborate lunch with friends, playing mahjong in the evening, or even just chilling at home watching television. Regardless of the functions, a Kebaya is suitable to wear for morning dress, smart casual, and a black tie event.
In an attempt to rejuvenate the spirit of Baba Nyonya Kebaya in the current and rapidly changing trends of modern clothing, parts of Peranakan identity of a Kebaya is implied and blended together in a casual attire to become a contemporary concept. Chunks of denim, checquered shirt, school pants, maxi dress and etcetera were all divided and reattached in an act of reviving a fashion statement that seems to revolve around “kain perca”, DIY/handmade, recycle/reuse and ultimately the all-natural-material culture.
"PANCARWARNA" is an intimate collaborative work between Sarah Ameera, Ayisha Rahman and Fatin Asma whereby we’re bringing you an audiovisual installation that explores Malaysian cultural semiotics through eyes-on interaction based on Gestalt Principles of Perception.Under the umbrella of ‘colour channels’ and ‘optical illusion’, "PANCARWARNA" brings audience into the looking glass of three different perceptions in the world of digital imaging; RGB Technique, Autostereoscopy and Anaglyph - complemented by sounds that invite you to relive your childhood and absorb the reverb of music, communication and other auditory elements that make Malaysia, the Malaysia.. that Malaysia is.
Medium : Digitally manipulated images and optical illusion gears.
This series represents my personal interpretations on the complexity of our being; the month we are born, the date, the time, family and racial backgrounds, birth order and most importantly the star sign that make up our huge spectrum of personalities.
Also exhibited in a friendly and intimate session of poetry reading, Hello Poetry at Rumah Titi.
Medium : Digitally manipulated images and Adobe Photoshop.
Being an avid lover of all things green, natural, found and collected, these are some of the things I happen to keep. Certainly had fun in the manual glitches that occurred in these images. Simple pleasures!
This ongoing project/exploration was inspired by a popular science experiment, which I find really interesting, therapeutic and beneficial for the soul - I first came to demonstrate this experiment atJack In The Box, Springing Ideaswith a few close friends discussing a topic on Experimental Audio Visual. Still in an experimentation stage, I am yet to develop more findings using different substances and chemical reactions.
"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order." - John Burroughs
The Botanist is a form of my alter ego; a persona that loves to be one with the outdoor and nature as a way of healing and building one’s character. In this story, a botanist called Flora travelled far and wide to a lush land of flowers, trees and plant named Springland fought with nature’s most famous enemy; Caterpillars.
Personal traditional collage collection, cause I like to make shit with my hands! I was so stressful when I did this, I ended up giving some of them away but nevertheless, it was a good experience of releasing emotions on paper. I came across happy accidents while at it; spilled water on print!
Medium : Magazines, thick black paper, mounting board, mural paint, print and other mixed medias.
"But when I was thirteen, I began to sort of sing in my neighbourhood." - Ruben Blades
Welcoming the new year 2013, I have never felt more alive than I was before. Thus, for my new year resolution I aimed to have new beginnings, new experiences, to be wild, to be curious, to work hard, and to play hard! A commissioned artwork for IM Magazine’s January Issue “Breaking Out”, spot the difference between these two images!
Medium : Watercolour paper, watercolour, and digital manipulation.