Deconstructed Pair of Chairs, Engraved Wood, Wood Oil Paint & Lacquer, 2020
Muhammad Firdaus Bin Hernawan

This installation work explores what a chair can represent; in short, how it can be a metaphor for the human’s various mental states and desires. 

This work highlights our basic need and desire to give and receive compassion in all its various forms. The statements carved on the chairs are representations of how a society should support the voiceless and helpless among it. The deletion of certain chair parts symbolises the emotional breakdown of a person, thus depicting the fragile mental state of those who are afflicted with mental health issues. At the same time, it could also serve as a reflective tool to show how selfish and oblivious we have grown as a society where statements like these, although simple, are difficult to utter. 

Ultimately, to address or ignore, the decision is yours to make.

Firdaus Hernawan is fascinated by the human condition and social issues that shape the community. They fuel his curiosity and form the driving force behind his inspiration and ideas. 

As an artist, he strives to create works that bring to light issues that are afflicting the society and question the status quo. He is never one to settle for “what works” and constantly views the world through inquisitive lenses. 

His teacher persona is not very much different from his artist self. Innovative by nature, he is always seeking for ways to improve his teaching craft and inspire his young charges with a love and appreciation for Art that goes beyond the classroom.

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

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