Yearning To Know Why We're Here by Michael Cu Fua.
Impressions of opposite gender shine at Singapore-based artist Michael Cu Fua’s Klara exhibition.
THE ideal woman is often what painters of the female form aim for.
In his latest solo exhibition, Philippines-born Michael Cu Fua takes a cue from his homeland’s vision of the ideal woman, María Clara.
Clara, the heroine of author/national hero Jose Rizal’s classic novel Noli Me Tángere (Touch Me Not), is described to be the epitome of virtue, obedience, self-sacrifice and all those overbearing traits that make feminists grit their teeth.
With society’s change, the tradition-bound image portrayed by Clara has become outmoded.
Cu Fua says he wanted to update this ideal in his series of paintings titled Klara.
“Klara is a celebration of the modern woman. Times have changed, women have changed,” says Cu Fua.