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LOT 40

Anisa Abdullah
B. Poland, 1985

Study for Malaysia Icons

Signed “Anisa” on lower right

Pastel on paper

34 x 60 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 1,200 – RM 2,500


There is one consistent message implied in all her works; a reminder of how vibrant and fast-paced our world today is. Whenever possible, we must force ourselves to slow down, take a breather, to stop and reflect. For Anisa, art has remained to be a constant factor in her life despite all changes and uncertainties that shook her vulnerably. Like her, there is an anchor we need to hold on to, and certain values to uphold, to ensure our grounding points remain intact.

Contemporary artist Anisa Abdullah uses an exceptional approach to collage to express personal narrative, vintage and metropolitan symbolism, as well as her own past experiences. “The collages reflect my life, or ‘pieces of my life’ as it were, and therefore are also a reflection of my religion, family and culture,” said the 28-year-old artist. In this piece, she studies her homeland KL and its iconic symbols, effectively translating them onto paper.

Born in Warsaw, Poland, Anisa’s father worked with the Malaysian embassy and up till the age of 13, she followed her parents on their travels to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. She was sent back to Malaysia to complete her secondary education in a boarding school where she had to make new friends and learn Bahasa Malaysia. She obtained a certificate in Fine Art at PERZIM, Melaka, a Diploma in Fine Art from Ikip College Kuantan, Pahang and a Bachelor (Hons.) in Fine Art, Majoring in Painting in UiTM Shah Alam, Selangor.

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