The official opening of Belang was last Sunday at the Penang State gallery.
It’s the first time I’ve been invited to exhibit there, and it is an honour to be part of the movement to create awareness for our critically endangered Malayan tiger, which makes it even more meaningful for me.
We didn’t have much time to come up with an artwork for this show as the green light came quite close to exhibition date. I had a full week to come up with the concept, finish the artwork and get it delivered to Penang from Kuala Lumpur. It was a challenge indeed. My mindset was to make the tigers proud and to help them in every way possible.
Selling the painting and raising funds is not enough for me. I really want my artwork and all the other artists work to make an impact, otherwise what is the point of the exhibition. A lot of hard work and sweat has been invested in putting this exhibition and campaign together.
The question is how to stop the killing and how to stop the habitat destruction. It is always easy to take a back seat or to play the blame game. It is more challenging and more effective to come up with solutions that are effective. Admittedly I do not have the answers but I definitely do want to start this important conversation.
What do you think, what are your ideas and what can you do to help save the Malayan Tigers, and for that matter all wildlife and nature?