Artist: Ho Wen Hong
Year: 2020
Prize Category: 1st Prize
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Artwork Description

This intentionally provocative illustration showcases a daring exploration of the watercolour medium. Pigments are expertly manipulated to amplify lightness and luminosity, forming a vacuum seal in the shape of Penang Island that encases an iconic symbol of Peranakan Chinese culture, the kasut manek. With a winking sense of humour, the artist cleverly represents Jerejak Island with a seemingly innocuous silica gel packet. The artist chooses to only feature the right shoe to hint that preserving Penang’s heritage is only ‘right’.

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