Saturday, May 1, 2010

Painting of The Body Kind

This morning I received an email from a friend attached with several photos of fine arts painting. At first glance, I noticed that the paintings had very a heavy "impressionist" influence. Reminded me of my favourite painter, Monet, albeit much more defined strokes and minus the "unique" Monet colour palette.

There was a short write-up on the paintings in the email. I did not pay much attention to the write-up until I realized that the paintings were not "paintings" at all!

If I have only one word to describe this, I would say, AMAZING!

The texts in the email are as follows:

"Alexa Meade thinks completely backwards. Most artists use acrylic paints to create portraits of people on canvas. But not Meade - she applies acrylic paints on her subjects and makes them appear to be a part of the painting!

Meade is an installation artist based in the Washington, DC area. Her innovative use of paint on the three dimensional surfaces of found objects, live models, and architectural spaces has been incorporated into a series of installations that create a perceptual shift in how we experience and interpret spatial relationships.

I was lucky enough to catch up with Meade and ask her about her thought process behind this creative work. Here is what she said:

"I paint representational portraits directly on top of the people I am representing. The models are transformed into embodiments of the artist's interpretation of their essence. When captured on film, the living, breathing people underneath the paint disappear, overshadowed by the masks of themselves."

I do not know who wrote the above write-up and so, I Googled the entire text... LOL. The credit for the above article goes to Alice (her blog) and it was published on her site under this article, "Hyper-Realistic Acrylic Body Painting (15 pics)". The following are just some photos from her blog.

Anyway, thanks to Alice and my friend (who email me the post), Alexa Meade has a new fan :-) Cheers!

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Durian Tree Bearing Fruit at the Base of the Tree

Just received this forwarded email from my sister. This is the first time I have ever seen durian trees bearing fruit at the base of their trunk.

Back in the sixties and seventies, my grandfather had a durian orchard in Sarawak and I remembered walking through the orchard at the wee hours of the morning looking for durian fruits.

During the durian season, we would be waiting and listening for the sound of durian fruits dropping to the ground. Each time we heard fruits dropping to the ground, we would take a customised umbrella with the canopy made of zinc sheet and went looking for the fruits. It was very exciting.

Anyway, I do not know who took the following photos, but I wanna thank him/her for making it possible for me to see something so wonderful... :-).

I went and Googled for any other news or information about this durian but could not find any information about it. That was because, I searched for the wrong thing. In fact, these durians are called Durian Kura Kura (Durio testudinarium) and they are only found in Borneo.

Based on the descriptions in the email, "These are Durian Batu found in our jungles and they belong to the Orang Asli. Not commercially-grown." (Technically, this information is wrong, as the Orang Asli are indigenous people of Penisular Malaysia and not from Borneo.)

In fact, this durian made the news in Sarawak's main newspaper, The Borneo Post, recently. Check the article out here (in Malay).

In the article published in The Borneo Post: According to Nasita Dollah, her grandmother, Siti Mawang came to Miri from Brunei more than 8o years ago. She brought the durian seed and planted it where they settled in Kampung Selanyau.

Nasita said that the tree only bear fruit once a year and it always attracted a lot of people as many had never seen anything like this. According to Nasita, the fruits were watery and sweet, with the same color as normal durians. But the smell were quite different and strange like the smell of turtle urine.... LOL. Btw, "kura kura" translated to "turtle", hence the name of the durian?

Anyway, there is not much more information I could find on this particular durian. But if it stinks like "turtle urine", I think I will stay far away from it... LOL.