AFTER a year-long residency at Rimbun Dahan, veteran artist Azliza Ayob is gonna have her works featured in the Rimbun Dahan Residency Exhibition happening at the end of the month. The results of her time spent at Rimbun Dahan will be displayed to the public for the first time since Azliza started her residency in November last year.
During her time at Rimbun Dahan, Azliza explored the possibility of making art from scraps and unwanted items that can be found around her. Her rationale? Not to harm the environment while she pursues her love for art.
Azliza started working with only one studio and some plastic bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). After a year, she’s working with two studios to fit works made from two thousand PET bottles and other nature-friendly materials. These bottles were either picked off the street or donated by fellow artists, family and friend all the way from Kuang all the way to Kuantan.
I am fascinated with the transparency of PET bottles. I’m fascinated by its longevity and how it’s so easily accumulated to the point where it is ‘haunting’. [Through working with the material], I became more sculptural. The process is so tedious, but the result is satisfying.
— Azliza Ayob
Everlasting Love also ties together themes of labour, community, tradition, and sustainability. Azliza’s works makes apparent the significant role of nature; no surprise as residents artists at Rimbun Dahan are usually surrounded by luscious flora and wandering fauna, twenty-four seven.
Familiar with various traditional crafting techniques from a young age, Azliza meshes the traditional and modern. She processes her influences into softer forms, organic shapes, and detailed sculptures.
Her use of everyday materials was both a matter of principle and necessity.
I find being creative is somehow connected with being frugal. Working with limited finances is possible with good interpersonal skills and when you work together in a supportive community. In this way, I think of creating art as a way to empower our economy, to live cleaner and greener, to help us think of sustenance and sustainability as a way to maintain our freedom.
Keen to check out some Everlasting Love? Head to Rimbun Dahan from 26 November to 4 December to find out more!
There will also be a guided tour of the grounds of Rimbun Dahan and their traditional village houses on 4 December by Angela Hijjas. Make sure to book an appointment with Syar by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org. See you guys there!