The second MCM IB Visual Art Exhibition opened on Tuesday 14th March. It is an exceptional show and the five talented artists should be congratulated on their fantastic artwork. Each young artist has curated their own space with artwork on a focused theme, communicating powerful issues to the audience.
Visitors first encounter a display of beautiful but powerful imagery by Cha Yeong Lee which captures many of the complexities faced by a young girl growing up in today’s world. A large central drawing of a girl with tendrils of hair reaching out across the space, effectively linked artworks, communicating the exterior and interior aspects of a girl’s world. It identifies with the perceptions of others and the self-perception or inner feelings of a young girl.
Nur Qamarina Azman’s collect of work explores the idea of cultural identity in the context of Islamphobia. Frequently in the media, the words “Islam” or “Muslim” are used in connection with terrorism and oppression and the artist aims to combat these stereotypes. She is concerned by the misconceptions caused and the detrimental effect these have on Muslim society. She has created a body of work that includes self-portraits with layers of textured paint that give the illusion of erosion to show this. A set of lanterns with filigree patterns that contain the shapes of grenades and guns, cast beautiful shadows to show hope remains.
Dinesh Al invites viewers to consider the catastrophic effects caused by overpopulation such as changing weather patterns, urban density and overcrowding through engaging and textural artworks. These range from painterly interpretations of the busy streets of Bangkok to a series of umbrellas painted with energetic and lively abstract artworks highlighting the issue of acid rain.
Conflict is inevitable, and there is no world without it. Kunal Tirathrai deals with this theme and the effect it has on society. He considers the internal conflict experienced while dealing with aspects of psychological development; and conflict triggered by external factors or interactions. His work starts with a self-portrait hiding behind a mask and develops into powerful imagery of hands to emphasise conflict.
In the final space Kah Ling Kong uses her personal perception of the way natural disasters affect the people surrounding her, and her generation. She seeks to convey the strong emotions and reactions determined by the violence of the imagery that we are exposed to through mass media, and sometimes our own life experiences. The powerful artwork ranges from portraits of still faces on billowing bin bags and textured cardboard to a sculpture of a burned and ruined city.
The Master gave a welcoming speech thanking all those who attended. He congratulated the artists and their beak Mihaela Marcovici for the impressive and captivating show. He also thanked them for painting his portrait earlier in the year. The opening was enhanced by the wonderful music of the College string quartet and several talented pianists. The exhibition continues until the end of term and is well worth visiting for the quality of the artworks on display and the powerful messages conveyed.
Head of Art