happy place, happy space: comfort of art

Art provokes, questions, mystifies, disturbs, rebels, frees, captivates, challenges, whispers, stirs, stills, comforts.

Rokok, Ash Ghazali, 2020,
100 by 140 cm
Samping fabric (made in Malaysia), Sarung fabric (made in Indonesia), acrylic, canvas, cotton, flax

It is Singapore Art Week. We made a family outing to Gilman Barracks which hosts several events. One of these is an exhibition of Ash Ghazali‘s Volume Eleven.

In Volume Eleven, Ghazali unveils his ‘Cut Paintings’ series which combines geometric abstraction with traditional fabrics from the Malay ethnic groups of Indonesia and Malaysia. Cutting into fabrics from traditional costumes, typically used in festive and religious ceremonies, and also painted canvases, Ghazali arranges these cut pieces in a series of folds and layers …

Underlyingly, it reaches into the unconscious to reveal personal meaning for Ghazali within his ethno-political conflict for diasporic identity. As such, the body of work serves as a cathartic process for Ghazali as a conduit to seek balance between anarchy and peace. 

Richard Koh Fine Art
Malay Boy, Ash Ghazali, 2019
100 by 140 cm
Prayer Mat (made in Turkey), Flax, Cotton, Canvas, Linen, Acrylic

I am particularly taken by this collection: I love fabric, and this artistic treatment of special & commonplace textiles tugs at something inside. I feel them embracing me. And I want to hug back. A happy space.

Geylang, Ash Ghazili, 2020
100 by 120cm’
Sarung fabric (made in Indonesia), Malay Samping fabric (made in Malaysia), cotton, canvas, acrylic

Reading your Joyful Posts brings me to my happy place. I hope having them in one place makes it easier for you to find when you need a bit of happy therapy, too.

If you would like to join in, ping back to this post and I will include you next week.

24 Replies to “happy place, happy space: comfort of art”

      1. It was an interesting and odd light display in the woods. I plan to share some photos I go while visiting, although at this rate they may be wrapped up into my “Changing Season” post at the end of the week.


  1. enjoyed this art share – a lot!
    and enjoyed reading about the artists aims and connections to the medium
    the photos are great but i bet this fabric feels even better in person
    and the photos of the art might change the feeling – but each piece did not imbue “comfort” in my take – it was a bit cold, quiet, introspective, strong, ordered, and a bit deep!
    The Malay Boy one also had a Mondrian vibe with the red blue and yellow -☀️😊


    1. I wanted to hug the artwork; but I did managed to restrain myself.

      You’re absolutely right about photos of artwork – I often wonder what I am seeing in photo image would look like in person!

      Thank you for sharing your response to the photos. I hear you.

      Doesn’t the Malay Boy feel Mondrian? I thought so too.

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      1. oh you are so wonderful to share that you wanted to hug the artwork
        how cool
        and I understand it now more – I get what you meant!!
        even tho photos do not depict it all I have a fuller photo


          1. yes photos of art can be so tricky – when i taught art (feels like a lifetime ago) we took photos of student art and sometimes a photo made the art look better and sometimes the photo did not do the price justice – but it reminded me how a photo can vary in its depiction
            and even when i visit museums – sometimes i like a piece “less” after seeing it but then other times i like a piece i half liked – i like it more after seeing and feeling the piece in person


          2. well we did not ha e to take too many photos of their works so that was not too bad – now storing the art was a challenge – ha!
            but it did amaze me how pieces looked so different – and as you know – it is fun to view art close up – then back a few feet and then from like 12 feet – it can help us see space and form and all that
            kind of like the way you g a us the many views of that sculpture – i think it was the third photo when i really got a feel for the piece


  2. hi again – quick question – are you running a challenge? this is the second time i saw you mention you like seeing joy posts ?
    just curious for a little more info – thanks


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