What : An exhibition of contemporary art by Delphine Saira Gomez
When : A soft launch at 7pm August 16 and open to the public from 17-27 August 2016.
Where : Block M, Gallery Hall, The One Academy
Who : To be opened by Tatsun Hoi and Vimala Sundram
Delphine Saira Gomez creates a space for contemplation. A labyrinth in which she hopes we can lose ourselves. “I searched for a link between wellness, creation and sustainability” says Delphine of her lifelong quest to find a unifying element that gives us our humanity. Nature has been her teacher. “We are all inextricably linked” she declares. This is borne out in her painstakingly reconstructed and deconstructed installation. This organic work of art comprises different elements rendered in mixed media. 225 modular pieces mounted onto nine huge panels and took approximately one and a half years to complete.
“Each modular piece consists of a word or symbol which speaks of what love means to different people,” says Delphine. “Love is the unifying force; pain and joy being different facets of the same impulse that gives life on earth its meaning” she declares.
Delphine’s latest work breaks away from her previous emotionally charged responses to nature, nymphs and dragonflies. We see now a mature Delphine that gives us a sometimes cryptic and sometimes overwhelming expression that love conquers all. Loaded with intrinsically strong motifs and symbols that speak out against wanton waste, and the disruption of nature, Delphine’s Seed Life is intricately layered with featherlight brush strokes that evoke a gentleness in a very tough journey through that labyrinth. “I am trying to show a correlation between care of the soul as part of care of the planet” she explains. Delphine concludes her commentary by quoting Rabindranath Tagore “ Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark”
Delphine Saira Gomez, a graduate of The One Academy began her career as a graphic designer and 15 years ago she chose to fully immerse herself in fine arts. She holds a Masters of Arts from University of Hertfordshire. Already an accomplished ballet dancer, Delphine has spent the last 10 years pursuing her passion for Odissi, an ancient classical dance that originated in the Hindu temples of Odisha, an eastern coastal state of India.
Delphine is married to businessman Lum Choong Keen and has two daughters aged 12 and 8. She is a fearless advocate of sustainable development of our towns and cities and fights to put nature in the heart of all human activity.
Tatsun Hoi, an award-winning Malaysian artist, is a co-founder of The One Academy, Malaysia’s foremost art and design school with campuses in Selangor, Penang and Beijing. Many graduates of The One Academy have gone on to careers in animation and comics in Hollywood, New York, London and Beijing.
Vimala Sundram, managing director of Capital Communications Sdn Bhd, is a family friend and the agent provocateur in Delphine’s life who very early recognised and encouraged the artist and began collecting Delphine’s works. Vimala is the publisher of The Girl Who Loved Stories,
a children’s book which is a mother-daughter collaboration between Ayesha Harben and Delphine Gomez.
For futher information please contact Vimala Sundram at 012-2101193 or [email protected] OR Delphine Gomez at 012-3979045 or [email protected]
The One Academy of Communication Design