WHETHER it's Chinese ink painting, graphic designing or just plain drawing, Chew Siow Chin of the Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA) does it all and so much more. In fact, her wide interest in all forms of visual art led her to be one of only 25 students worldwide selected for an upcoming exclusive Asia-Europe Creative Camp in Delphi, Greece, in October.
Jointly organised by the Athens School of Fine Arts and the Asia-Europe Foundation, the camp which is linked to the Olympic Games (to be held in Greece in 2004) carries the theme: Art and the Olympic Spirit as a Means of Understanding Between Peoples.
The 25 arts students from Asia and Europe will get the chance to attend lectures and workshops conducted by a diverse Asia-Europe team of renowned professors, art educators and artists.
This art stint in Greece not only offers a unique educational experience but will also serve as a professional platform that will no doubt prove beneficial for Siow Chin's future career.
Focused more on the creative process rather than the end artistic product, participants will work together as a common group of artists and share each other's cultures, experiences and knowledge while working on all kinds of proposed activities.
Siow Chin's contribution to the affair is her spicy interpretation of Malaysia's cultural and ethnic diversity. She uses recycled transparent containers to hold different types of spices used in Malaysian cuisine by the different races.
“Spices are a part and parcel of Malaysian life and that, for me, best describes our culture. The transparent bottles convey the transparency between the different races in the country,” explains the 21-year-old who will be presenting her work at the camp.
Siow Chin's flair for drawing was evident when she was a little girl.
“I've always enjoyed drawing. Even in school, I would join and win almost every art or drawing competition,” says Siow Chin who is a final year graphic design student.
o THE recently concluded KL Fashion Week 2003 saw MIA fashion design student Titing Limbos Ng bag the coveted Star Designer Award 2003.
“Every year, we only take in enough students that we can handle. We believe in quality rather than quantity,” says MIA chief executive officer Choong Kam Kow.
An artist himself with over 45 years' experience, Choong continues to be an ardent patron of the arts and is also the chairman of the Federation of Asian Artists-Malaysia Committee.
“In today's world of information and communication technology, the creative fields of art, design and music play an even greater role in our lives. There has been a new shift towards the arts and more and more careers in the creative field are being sought after,” says Choong, adding that there is a big demand for talent in the field of fashion, graphic, industrial, multimedia and interior design.
Founded in 1967, MIA was one of the first private institutions in the country to offer art-based diploma courses at an affordable price.
The institute is linked to top universities and colleges in Britain, Australia and New Zealand.
LAN recently accredited four of MIA's diploma courses – for Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration and Industrial Design. Diploma courses are also offered for Interior Design, Music and Textile and Fashion Design.
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