Traditional Handmade Coconut Brush

Artist: Tan Peng Hong
Year: 2020
Prize Category: 1st Prize
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Artwork Description

In this exquisitely composed piece, the artist successfully imbues unmistakable dynamism into an ordinary and often neglected subject matter. Tracing its etymology to the Tamil and Malayalam words for rope or kayiru/kayar, coir is better known as sabut in Malaysia. By paying strong attention to texture and the layering of monochromatic yet wondrously distinct colours, this carefully laid out still-life piece pays homage to the artistry involved in creating the traditional coconut fibre brush. The once sought-after tool can today be found in some of the last remaining bastions of this craft in Muar and Malacca.

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