Artist Mulaika Nordin continues reflective commentary on contemporary issues in Asia

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – Media OutReach – 14 December 2021 – Art
exhibition “I Know You’re Somewhere So Far” comprising of 63 works of
art completed in four years by one of Malaysia’s leading young abstract artists,
Mulaika Nordin, was officially launched by Nori Abdullah Badawi at KEN Gallery
in Kuala Lumpur.

In her
second solo exhibition, Mulaika explores concepts of disconnect and isolation
from the lens of an empathic teenage artist as she navigated a constantly
changing environment culminating in the period of the global COVID-19 pandemic
in 2020 and 2021. The young artist, who turns 18 in the middle of the show, paid
homage to her teenage years as she enters adulthood and begins to venture into
the real world.

the show’s overarching dark themes, it acts as an ode and a closure to
Mulaika’s childhood, creating an optimistic nod towards the experiences from
this chapter of her life.

Abdullah Badawi said, “I hope everyone takes something away from the show;
give yourselves permission to feel. Maybe ask yourself what would these
situations look like for you if you could paint? What is ‘Semangat‘ to
you? What about darkness in this pandemic? Take the time to feel – after all it
is all of Mulaika’s feelings that have brought all of this to life. Now it’s
your turn.”

“As an art lover, I’ve been so fortunate to have attended many shows; we
have such captivating, stunning and heart-stirring works right here in
Malaysia, a country continuing (though sometimes only just about), but
nevertheless continuing, to embrace its DNA of diversity. From the roots of its
people all the way to the mix of just about anything you can think of today,
our differences have brought difficulty, but more importantly richness, beauty,
and growth,” stated Nori, when speaking at the launch.

A striking
component of this exhibition is how Mulaika depicts the light and dark side of
human nature and modern-day society in Asia. The works provide an insight into
not only the young artists’ thoughts on the matter at hand but is the output of
the collective consciousness that rings true on a societal level especially as
COVID-19 has impacted how society deals with issues.

said, “I Know You’re Somewhere So Far is a mirror. I made these works as
a way to express myself but also as an observation of the world around me.”

There has
been a dramatic increase of the prevalence of mental health and psychosocial
problems globally since the COVID-19 pandemic started, due to many reasons
including lockdowns causing physical disconnect and isolation, on top of the
emotional strains caused by financial and economic problems. This especially paints
the current socio-economic landscape of Asia.

The youth
today, remains highly connected over social media, which juxtaposes the way the
pandemic is dealt with – to physically isolate people as a shield from the
virus – that naturally creates a disconnect and the unfortunate consequence of
suicide. This highlights the importance of conversations, awareness and
resolutions surrounding this topic, especially to remove the stigma and taboo
around mental health and suicide in many Asian societies.

artwork expresses issues of mental health, with works such as ‘Every 40
‘, which is a commentary on suicide rates; and ‘Homosapiens
and ‘Slave of the 21st Century‘ that touches on the realities of the
society as we know it today.

I Know
You’re Somewhere So Far
” exhibition is hosted by the Malaysia Global
Business Forum (MGBF) and runs until 19 December 2021 at the KEN Gallery in Taman
Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. Admission is free. For more information visit


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