Cebis-Cebis by Anisa Abdullah
Monday, 8 April 2013, 8pm
Venue: Galeri Chandan @ Publika
Duration: 8 April until 8 May 2013
About the show
Art has always progressed alongside human civilization. It feeds the need of any particular time, and takes humanity further at every instance. When society at large could neither read nor write, art gave form to ancient belief and went on to promote Christianity when it emerged. Right from the beginning of time, artists hold the power in persuading society to reconsider conventional thinking, open up to new ideas, and have went as far as triggering revolutions.
And so the story of art carries on to this day. Every art piece is a form of an artist’s craft of expression. Where a poet put eloquence in words and verses; a musician with pitch and rhythm; an artist opts to tease visually. And as we attempt to understand the story behind any artwork, we will see that the artist’s personality, as much as the experience and observation of the surrounding world comes together in one piece. But at that, all flaws and vulnerability tend to emerge just as strongly.
For the first solo show in the year, Gallery Chandan presents ‘Cebis-Cebis’, which is also the first solo exhibition for young artist, Anisa Abdullah. Using collage, all thirteen artworks; covered with colourful scrap magazine pieces will take us to explore beyond any ordinary 2D compositions.
There is one consistent message implied in all her works; a reminder of how vibrant and fast-paced our world today is. Whenever possible, we must force ourselves to slow down, take a breather, to stop and reflect. For Anisa, art has remained to be a constant factor in her life despite all changes and uncertainties that shook her vulnerably. Like her, there is an anchor we need to hold on to, and certain values to uphold, to ensure our grounding points remain intact.
After all, we wouldn’t be where we are today without the progress from yesteryears. Whatever the case may be, however we choose to approach this life and the next, even if nothing else, we must remember our roots and beginnings. From the artworks on display, let us be reminded how far we have come from the time the Chinese invented paper in the 2nd century, to having pieces from shiny magazines as masterpieces on our walls.