Striking symbols on the cutting edge of social commentary

A viewer passes Justin Lim’s Paradise Supernova (left) and Paradise Supernova 2, two of his biggest works at the Honey Trap Arcadia exhibition. Photo: The Star/Chan Tak Kong

Many of the works in Kuala Lumpur-based contemporary artist Justin Lim’s newest exhibition are certainly on the cutting edge. And we mean that in more ways than one.

At first glance, many seem like striking, highly detailed representations of local fruits and blossoms. But take a closer look, and you might notice the silvery gleam of metal on his canvases. The thorns on his painted plants are made of actual steel razor blades.

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