View In Room
View In Room
Mixed media with etching on paper
Dimensions: 116cm (H) x 146cm (W) / 45.7" (H) x 57.5" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
The clouds that fill the negative space of different religious art have always fascinated me, they are never the focus but ever-present. In this body of works, I imitated the different forms of these clouds, suggesting possible motives and forms in the space where God is absent, mirroring the different stages of packed daily schedules where the mind’s spiritual imagination is lacking.
Rather than determining the form; I allow the form to present itself. The form searching process in the clouds of my mind have developed into a signature motif, an output of snaking and intertwining possible forms of spirit, much like a sofa or bed casting the recess of oneself.
I immerse myself in an ascetic repetitive exploration process by alternating between painting and etching on copper plates in order to achieve the integration of aesthetic and concept. The combination of cloud and copper come together naturally in this series as profound components of mankind’s spiritual imagination. Besides being the material for casting spiritual icons, copper functions as a timer in my work: oxidation is activated in selected areas as a reminder of mortality and promoting acceptance as the key of aesthetic.
While the English titles refer to the names of clouds; the Chinese titles hint at the possible mental status of one’s mind through description of the cloud’s “expressions”. Reading into these artworks are not necessary compared to openly venturing into the sensational experience. After all, it is when you lose the logical mind, you start to imagine.
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Based in: Kuala Lumpur
Zelin Seah (b.1980, Malaysia) lives and works in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He received BFA at University of Central England (2007). Zelin’s semi- abstract depiction offering a
destruction aesthetic of everyday scenes. His uses of deconstruction treatments with brush making rejected the often deceptive appearances of everyday life, suggesting an inner space in mind, looking inward to human condition today under the challenge of science.
His works have been acquired for public and private collections including National Art Gallery Malaysia, Singapore Art Museum and University of Central England. He has exhibited widely in South East Asia, United Kingdom and Germany, including The National Art Center Japan (2011), Saatchi Gallery United Kingdom (2014), Art Stage Singapore (2015, 2016), and recently Kunst im park at Burg Stargard, Germany (2019). His awards include: The Jury’s selection of recommended works at the 14th Japan Media Arts Festival (2011), The Young Guns Awards Malaysia (2013), and Silver Category for the UOB Painting of The Year Malaysia (2016, 2017). Public collections include: ILHAM Gallery Malaysia, Singapore Art Museum (SAM), National Visual Art Gallery (Malaysia), HOM Art Trans, University of Central England.
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