Painting, 110 cm x 76 cm. 2019
Visithra : "In Terengganu, you will find a Peranakan Chinese community living and embracing their identities. Peranakan refers to migrant people who assimilated with the Malay culture and now practice a blend of culture that is reflected in their customs, clothing and food.
The women wear batik sarongs famous from the state with lace Kebaya tops while the men traditionally wear chequered sarongs with a white t-shirt. At a glance this painting looks like a Malay couple as without any race marking and characteristics, you won’t be able to tell their race. But the distinctive chequered sarong and white top of the male ties back to the Peranakan culture in Terengganu.
My reimagined human series is an attempt to simplify the human figure and break down race and colour barriers by removing all racial characteristics and painting them in various shades of colours. Regardless of race or religion, it’s an attempt to show that we are all the same. Only their clothes identify their cultures and even then anyone can wear a saree or a kebaya. It’s an anti-racism series."