Art Card, Pvc Sheet & Coloured Transparencies, 2021
Mohamad Zulkarnaen Bin Selamat

At a glance, one would be able to see a suspended sculpture made up of four different forms with multi-colored light passing through the negative space. Depending on the viewer, either the light or the suspended sculpture would garner attention first.

The various angled edges seen on the paper forms symbolize challenges that one may encounter in times of adversity, such as the Covid-19 pandemic that has affected many of us in different ways. By staying focussed and resilient, one would be able to overcome these challenges and achieve our goals or objectives in life; this is symbolized by the “X” negative space, which in turn is cast on the floor using light.

Through this artwork, I would like viewers to see that we should not be fixated on looking at things in life from just one point of view. Regardless of the challenges that we face in life, it is important that we also look from other perspectives so that we would be able to make it through.

As a primary school Art teacher, Zulkarnaen is passionate about cultivating a love for Art through various and creative ways of engaging with his students. As the saying goes, “Every child is an artist.” He strives to provide rich and varied opportunities for his students to excel.

He believes that it is crucial to have authentic Art lessons that explicitly connect to real-life issues, such that it allows students to both see and make meaning in their learning. Through sharing his experience in the various processes to create his paper sculpture for this year’s Aedge exhibition, he hopes to get students into the habit of linking and constructing meaning from their experiences.

Read more about a x edge 2020 and the existing artworks.

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