ANALYSISThe artist uses twines or yarns to weaveor tie the three dimensional festive chung or kueh ketupat on the printed orembossed textural or tactile handmade paper background, with that, it creates asemi decorative low-relief collage composition.
The artist also uses silkscreenmethod to print local wood carving pattern or auspicious symbols onto handmadepaper with embossed effect, thus, creating a kind of contour patterns. He alsoexploits the festive cultural symbol of jubilee joys and expresses beautifullythe co-existence of Malaysian multi-culture, the festive spirit of mutualrespect, care and Muhibbah. The juxtaposition of frontal symbols is structuredin space and combines both figurative and abstract symbols. It illustrates the artist’sprofound understanding and appreciation of shapes, and also enhances both therural sense as well as the contemporary sense of such festive symbol. INTERPRETATIONThe Festival Series expresses thefollowing notion: ‘The spirit of sharing festive joy, mutual respect andgoodwill is in the heart of every Malaysian”. The configuration of forms offestival related cakes, offerings, craft elements and artefacts is intended toconvey the spirit of sharing traditional values and goodwill in this series ofwork (the Malaysian way of life). During the festive seasons, the reception ofguests would not complete without the serving of local cakes.
As without them,there will be lack of festive mood. The beauty and aesthetic of forms of thefestival related cakes and artefacts are fully explored, appreciated andenhanced. JUDGEMENTIf we view the works of the artist in theview of the science of symbolism, we will agree that the world under hisbrushes is a symbolised world, and its distinctive characteristic from culturesymbol to art symbol. The artist was brought up in a multi-racial andmulti-cultural society of Malaysia. The abundant cultural symbols of Malaysiaare important in formulating his art experience and immensely transformed hiscreative process. His works is influential because he managed to transformdistinctive symbols of Malaysian culture into his own symbol.In Malaysia culture, the festival is animportant representation of cultural practice.
It contains the richness ofEastern cultural contents and traditional values. The artist has aptly graspedthe symbolized meaning of the festive culture. He uses symbols of Malaysianfestive culture such as, the local Malays cakes and Chinese dumpling and woodcarving pattern as creative elements. And transforms these cultural symbol intohis own. The artist has expressed his own understanding and appreciation ofMalaysians culture and traditional cultural practice.