A series based on the water village (Kampung Ayer) in Brunei. This project explores the Japanese concept of 'wabi-sabi' - the acceptance of impermanence. The series investigates the theme of 'creation of man' versus 'creation of nature' - whatever man creates, God destroys (through weather, natural disasters, and the natural decaying of structures through time); and whatever God creates, man destroys (deforestation, pillaging of land, wasting of resources). Kampung Ayer is an amazing resource for deteriorating structures that have a certain charm to them due to the colourful nature of the houses.
"The Floating House"
65cm x 65cm
Acrylic, Coloured Cardboard Paper & Canvas on Perspex.
"Seruan Sebuah Surau"
89 x 68cm
Acrylic, Coloured Cardboard Paper
& Canvas on Perspex
When I think of Brunei, I imagine the lush green jungle. Green is also the colour of Islam, and the architecture of the floating Surau draws a parallel to the geometrical quality of the patterns. The collage of patterns is constructed entirely out of coloured cardboard paper, and represents the nature of Brunei. There is a female proboscis monkey lounging in the abstract forest; alert and watchful. Brunei’s hidden treasure is not what you can see, but what you are surrounded by - a culture of rustic peace and raw nature.