Xu Jia Leow has been exploring the concept of death as it is often perceived in her native Malaysia Chinese Culture. Her objective has been to approach this tradition, and its deep-rooted taboos, in relation to the culture of the funeral. Her intention is to challenge those taboo’s through her art, in the process opening up the subject for people to discuss and approach death as a fact.
To Leow death is like an expiry date, the day after the person in your life is no longer extant. Death is the act of someone leaving your life and the pain of not being able to say goodbye again. In her drawings, the appropriation of Chinese Ink Painting techniques enables her to access her cultural identity, while at the same time not having to conform to the strict criteria of traditional Chinese painting.
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