Alicia Lau (B.1995)
Alicia Lau’s artistic practice is rooted in the interconnection between memories that linger in our minds and response towards past memories. Her creative process contemplates meanings, beginning with creating a mark making process on different 2-dimensional surfaces. Through the method of repetition, an element of therapeutic effect is achieved. The actions that are performed are results between the current mental states and earlier experiences through the subconscious. This idea draws the artist to further explore artworks in 3-dimensional forms between several disciplines such as sculpture and installation. Alicia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from Middlesex University, London and has been active in the art scene since 2014. She has participated in various exhibitions across Malaysia.
In 2019, Alicia took part in the 5th Bangkok Triennale International Print and Drawing Exhibition, Bangkok Art and Cultural Center (BACC), Thailand.
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Khabir Roslan (B.1995)
Khabir Roslan is a Transdisciplinary artist who explores the possibilities of various forms of art that links with his personal observations of science, cosmology and philosophy. A graduate from Universiti Teknologi Mara, Shah Alam, Malaysia (UiTM) with a Bachelor in Fine Arts, he was awarded ‘The Most Promising Artist Award’ after winning the UOB Painting of The Year 2020 in the ‘Emerging Artist’ category. He has participated in several exhibitions and residencies between 2019-2022. His works examine the inter-connectivity that ‘re-imagines’ the value of language which returns us to the notion of Nature (Fitrah). Khabir is mostly inspired by the impressions of Physics and ‘Nusantara’ Cosmology, which also ties in with ‘Wabi-Sabi’, Theosophy and Islamic philosophy. In early 2021 he was selected as ‘Pelatih Tamu (Guest Trainee): Ilmu Program’ by Museum Gallery Tuanku Fauziah, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) where he delved into site-specific installations at old Malay traditional houses related to traditional arts and culture.
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Mentor: Yau Bee Ling (B.1972)
One of Malaysia’s foremost painters, Yau Bee Ling’s 25-year career is a deeply personal commentary on women’s complex roles in contemporary society. Her own experience forms the basis for her symbolism and autobiographical themes, especially the conflict of responsibilities brought about by shifting female identities from woman, wife to mother. Family and community ties engage her inner self in a complex tango between duty and independence, hope and fear, success and failure. She explores the question of meaning within this context, probing existential questions, pondering, finally, her own legacy.
Each series of paintings is charged with its own distinctive energy, reflective of her state of mind, her emotional wellbeing and the way she perceives her place in the world at the time. Her works are therefore a cathartic process for her as she struggles to reconcile the meaning of life, through the layering and scraping back of paint and colour, navigating her way through the twisting terrain of her paintings in the search for truth.
Bee Ling has exhibited extensively in exhibitions across China, Pakistan, Sweden, Singapore, Bangladesh, Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia and represented Malaysia at the Asian Art Biennale in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1999 and at the Fukuoka Triennale in 2002. Her collection is also at the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei National University of The Arts, Taipei, Taiwan, where she was Kuandu Artist in Residence at the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts in Taipei in 2016. Her works are in the permanent collections of numerous private and public collections including Mulpha, Maxis Berhad and the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.
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