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Lot 09

LOUISE LOW SEOK LOO
b. Kuala Lumpur, 1984

MYSTICAL SERENITY, 2008

Signed and dated ‘low seok loo 08' lower right
Acrylic on canvas
90cm x 60cm

PROVENANCE
Private collection, Kuala Lumpur


ESTIMATE  RM 1,800 - 2,200

Louise Low Seok Loo received her early art education in Kuala Lumpur College of Arts from 2002 to 2005 before heading over to Australia to study at University of Tasmania where she obtained a Bachelor of Contemporary Art in 2010. She was awarded the First Prize in the Tanjong Heritage Watercolour Competition in 2004 and a Special Jury Prize in Mekra Cita from Galeri Shah Alam in 2007. Apart from these achievements, Louise has had 3 solo shows: ‘Love Me Now’ at Lookiss Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur in 2008, ‘Three Four Five Eight’ at Horus & Deloris Contemporary Art Space in Sydney in 2010 and the latest, ‘Symphony and Oppression’ at Studio at Straits, Penang in 2011. She has been exhibiting since 2004 in a variety of group exhibitions from Kuala Lumpur to South Korea, Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka as well as Australia.

At the heart of Louise’s work lies the desire to express her thoughts on the role of women in society. Aiming to create awareness and bring about improvement in women’s stature, she produces art that portrays determination, perseverance and optimism. To Louise, feminism, dignity and survival are important elements in her works and these are usually represented by colour and the use of orchids. A young artist, Louise is developing and has evolved from orchids to include other feminine elements such as zippers and stitching while also working in sculpture.

Mystical Serenity is true to its name - orchids flow across the canvas in ghostly streams of paint while emitting unearthly auras. Distinctly feminine in tone, these flowers are used as a conduit for the artist to explore the relationship between life and tradition. Orchids are the perfect signifier for her themes. A highly coveted plant which is exotic and graceful in nature, they signify love, beauty and strength and in some cultures a symbol for fertility. Delicate to take care of, the use of orchids in Louise’s work expresses women’s ability to persevere and overcome hardships in life.