“In the third painting of the Thoughtful Collection, I wanted to explore the idea of caring for ourselves, specifically our mental wellbeing. It’s represented here by the woman diving into the depths of the ocean to tend to the plantlife below.
That’s what makes it scary sometimes because we have to be okay to dig deep and keep working on it again and again. When we choose to keep at it, something beautiful can grow out of this work."
Title: Tending (2020)
Artist: Yow Chi Leng
Medium: Watercolour & Gouache on Paper
Size: 70 cm x 50 cm
Price: RM 1,200 (with dark brown wooden frame and exclusive non-reflective matte glass cover)
A little bit about the Artist
Yow Chi Leng graduated with a Bachelors in International Communications Studies from the University of Nottingham. She is currently a teacher and teacher trainer at the Ace Edventure Schools and is part of a team that runs an Art & Design program for teens.
For Chi Leng, art has always been a space for exploration and reflection of people, observations in everyday life and nature, and most recently, self: the quirks, joys, and struggles. It is a way to connect with each other's experiences and humanity.
Be it lineart or watercolour illustrations, her work focuses on fine details, merging the everyday with whimsical or magical elements. She has been exploring art since she was 9 and is a self-taught illustrator, working specifically with pens, coloured pencils and watercolour.
Starting from 2009, she has been a part of the art festival scene like Art for Grabs, selling her smaller illustrations and crafts. Since then, she has done murals and illustrative work for various organisations. She also conducts watercolour workshops and private art classes.
“I find joy and am often moved by the mysteries found in everyday observations of people and the world. Being able to tell those kinds of stories reminds me that we don't necessarily have to save the world to connect with others and make a difference.” - Yow Chi Leng
This artwork is part of the exhibition "Be Kind. Have Courage : Mental Health Awareness", which runs from 10.10.2020 until 12.12.2020 (extended to 3.1.2021)