Giving the kolam a new twist


Vivid hues: Ng said she chose to integrate warm and cool colours to reflect traditional Indian motifs.

PETALING JAYA: The kolam is usually made of coloured rice and flour but one Malaysian artist decided to use paint to give a different spin to the colourful Indian traditional artwork.

For her nine pieces in conjunction with this year’s Deepavali celebrations, Vivian Ng Suet Yuan sprayed and hand-painted her works for a different visual effect.

“Spray paint is usually related to street art but I love its shining colours. I chose to use different colour schemes by integrating cool and warm series to reflect the characteristics of traditional Indian motifs.

“Spray paint shows the various lines of colour between coolness and warmth, thus offering greater room for imagination, ” she was reported as saying by My Sin Chew, the English-language web page of Sin Chew Daily.

Apart from Deepavali, the kolam is also popular as a decoration during New Year celebrations, engagements, weddings and religious ceremonies.

“The images are a variety of lanterns, leaves and flowers, including the lotus. Traditional images of peacocks and elephants are depicted too, ” she said.

Ng, the founder of Niuniu Art Gallery, hopes her kolam paintings will bring Malaysians good luck.

“Malaysia is a multicultural society. As a Chinese, I do not speak Tamil but Indian culture is part of our daily lives, especially food.

“Art transcends language, skin colour and religion. I am willing to draw to offer peace and positive energy to the world, ” she said.

Her intricate paintings are displayed at the entrance of the Fahrenheit 88 shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur.

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