Higher purpose to art

THE value of art extends beyond that of aesthetics, as it’s also a medium which can be used to effect changes in society, according to Bukit Mertajam MP Chong Eng.

She said women artists could always employ the canvas as a means to highlight certain issues.

“When you can’t talk about social or political issues openly, you use art to bring about awareness.

“As beauty is beyond the colours of a painting, it is my hope that women artists will continue to use their artworks to explore further on certain issues in the pursuit of gender equality,” she said when opening the 4th Women Art Exhibition Aesthetic Explo-ration at the Galeri Seni Mutiara in George Town on Sunday.

The exhibition, which ends today, brings together some 17 female artists from Malaysia and Taiwan, and features some 30 artworks encompassing a variety of genres.

Becky Choong, the organising chairman and founder of co-organisers Impression Art Centre, said the main objective was to facilitate an exchange of ideas and knowledge between local woman artists and their Taiwanese counterparts.

“We have an exhibition once every two or three years, and it is hoped this would help improve our art and take it to greater heights,” Choong said.

Gallery director Koay Soo Kau said art possesses a universal language that is common to all cultures.

“What is displayed here is proof of the artists’ dedication, passion and hard day’s work,” he said.

Besides Choong, the local artists participating in the exhibition are Angeloh Guik Choo, Cheong Mei Fong, Chiou Ling Chyi, Ho Mi Mi, Lim Ai Woei, Ma Ai Ching, Ng Kim Heoh, Oon Suan See, Ung Mooi Leng and Wong Siew Inn.

The Taiwanese participants are Chang Hsiu-Chin, Hsu Chui-Hwa, Huang Yen-Jung, Keng Lee Chung-Chung, Liu Jung-Ying and Tseng Yu-Shan.

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