Balai Seni Negara (National Art Gallery)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The National Gallery in Kuala Lumpur is an old soul revealing ancient and modern technology, traditional, and contemporary art. I got that supernatural and eerie vibe that I usually pick from museums- but this one has an intensity to it. An ongoing show was dark as hell, I couldn’t take photos of some of the works, because I knew they’re going to haunt me in the Philippines. I’m still hearing the background sound reverberating, to be honest, they’re more vivid than the visuals- if not for these photos I took.
“Traveling has made a marked influence on Lhean’s artistic sensibilities and style. Coming from a tropical country with stunning vistas and lush landscapes, Lhean has always been inspired by nature and its multifaceted splendour. Her recent trip to Gua Kechil in Raub, Pahang, Malaysia spawned her latest painting series which delves into the immersive experience of exploring this cave that has been carved by nature and steeped in history. In these series of artworks, she used the natural flow of acrylics to simulate the graceful lines of the cave and create texture on canvas. The limited light illuminating the cave emphasizes the contrast between light and dark. This became a spiritual and meditative experience for the artist. When your eyes can’t see properly, your other senses become heightened fueling your imagination about what entities hide behind the nooks and crannies of the cave; what lurks behind the shadows. In Eyes of the Goddesses (Acrylic on Canvas, 2018), you can…