Photography and mixed media, 2022
Zaki Zulfakar Noordin
Marsiling Secondary School
What began as a commute to work by train has led to a discovery and a new appreciation of personal space, for I observed a phenomenon of other commuters creating an “invisible bubble” around themselves by either engaging with their electronic gadgets or “tuning out” with their private thoughts. ‘Space’ can also be enforced by creating a physical barricade through gestures which may convey the impression that the person in question is not to be trifled with, and thus be best left alone. In this body of work, space is defined through the gestures of hands that convey human emotions. The hands have commonly been used in the various art forms to express human feelings. Here the frail hand holding onto the hand grip possibly be that of a tired man who has been working the whole day whilst a hand holding a bag of packed food suggests the urgent need to get home quickly to put food on the table for the family.
Zaki Zulfakar is an Art educator who received a fine arts education both locally and abroad. His forté is in relief and digital prints. His art generally focuses on self, culture, and the environment not just for aesthetic reasons but also to create an “awareness” about these topics. To him, the digital lens serves as another pair of “eyes” through which he can view his surroundings; it also serves as stimulus and visual diary for his future undertakings. He has exhibited locally and overseas, which include Busan International Printmaking Exhibition, Korea and in Perth, WA. In 2017, his paper installation was exhibited at SAM and he was invited to be a teacher co-curator for a;edge 2020.