Up-cycled yarns, acrylics, chinese ink on canvas
Dimensions: 40.5cm (H) x 40.5cm (W) x 1.5cm (D) / 15.9" (H) x 15.9" (W) x 0.6" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
This abstract painting exaggerated a flower in the 2nd stage of morphing process.
This is one of the mixed-media painting in the Hypermorph Garden 2.0 project, supported by CENDANA Malaysia . The project promotes collaboration between non-traditional materials and traditional materials in mixed-media painting. I initiated this project by up-cycling fabric waste and yarn ends from collective fabric landfills in China and India, to create a new media for paintings.
Carefully, I reviewed the fabric waste and yarn ends. The fabrics were entangled with yarns and piled up liked a dusty cotton bulk – sitting on my desk. I have seen these wastes piled up like a mountain in many fashion industry areas in India, Cambodia and China. The fabrics are off-cuts from cutting tables and the yarn ends were the left over from weaving looms. I visited a few of the fabric landfills. I put on a face mask, a pair of gloves and collected some of the waste. Then, I separated the fabrics and yarns by picking each of them, one by one. In this process, I managed to select some of them that were in ‘good’ condition for the following up-cycling process. I had to throw away almost 40% of them that were polluted and hazardous. For the selected items, I sanitized them in a UV-C light sanitizer for 15 mins. After that, I trimmed the fabric waste into strips...
This painting is signed on the front or back and includes my Certificate of Authenticity.
Art © 2019-2022 Fuen Chin. All Rights Reserved.
Hometown: Sungai Petani, Kedah.
Based in: Sungai Petani, Kedah
Fuen Chin is an artist who grew up in Kedah state, Malaysia. Her art takes inspiration from horticulture which is a nostalgic reflection of her childhood. Both her late grandparents were Chinese from Southern China with backgrounds in Chinese herbs and medicine, running a small herbal shop. It was there where Fuen learnt the importance of Chinese herbs and the stories around them.
It is these stories and her visions about plants that provides an endless inspiration for the calligraphic floral paintings. Starting out as a self-taught artist, Chin eventually studied a Fine Art research degree at the Royal College of Art.
She has worked on an art installations, citing the following response from the panel of judges: ‘We very much enjoyed your proposal and presentation and thought there were a lot of interesting possibilities that may emerge from your works.’ She continues to work and develop her calligraphic paintings using Chinese ink within a more contemporary context.
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