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The underpinning theme I explore in my visual art pieces is how our mind thinks about the mystery and our perception of the unknown.

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At a time when perception of facts is fluid, I am interested in the feelings prior to confirmation of facts. I want the audience to question themselves with the knowledge that they are given: Is it real? Or made up? What is the answer? What do you see? Where are the clues? I am exploring how our minds or our imagination, and sense perception give us knowledge by using paintings, drawings, sculpture and digital image to give the audience an experience and take them on a journey. In more basic explanation, I am exploring a narrative of unsolved mysteries or unbelievable events and asking you to solve the puzzle.

Ian Murphy was one of the first inspiration to my art pieces. His techniques reached to blend visually with mine. It is captivating to see how I could use his techniques, layering, texture and limited palette for a different purpose. His work is based on mostly buildings and structure. His aesthetic convey a sense of deep melancholy and is in the darker spectrum of the colours. He always adds a pop of colour that is different to the actual artefact as he says that this particular technique adds more dimension and captivation to the painting.

Amnart Klanprachar was another of my main artistic inspiration. His techniques is similar to the art I am familiar with. He uses a wide colour range and has many focal points. This technique completely contrasts with Ian Murphy’s work. It would be interesting to see these two polar opposite styles could come together and combined in one artwork. This ‘conflict’ may even represent the confusion of the unknown, the puzzle pieces of the mystery coming together.

I’ve gained many experiences through workshop, in museums and galleries to explore the different styles I can use in my art and the arrangement of my exhibition. My artworks become the narrative in the exhibition of different real life situation. This is to show how close or how far we are to discovering the truth about the mystery, or if we will ever discover it. I realise the best stories sometimes never reveal the whole truth.

I want to pull my audience through a journey, from curiosity, horror, sadness, shock and to expose and withhold so they genuinely have an experience. Most artworks that I have included are from real stories that I have researched. It doesn’t seem to concern us as much if it is a crazy fictional idea but when that insane hypothesis is proved to be true, people turn their attention to it: “How is that possible? Why did nobody know?” People love to challenge themselves with questions. I am hoping it would be tangible, would make the viewer wonder, to try to solve the mystery, to see beyond the facts.

The whole setting of the exhibition will be about the cases were reported but never figured out. The exhibition is in the dark to represent that the truth behind these mysteries is still in the dark and unsolved, and will probably stay in the dark. The way the artworks are presented is to remind the audience of their fear, the confusion and the sadness. The space in my exhibition is tight creating discomfort and confusion as the aim is to make them feel uncomfortable and introspective. I want the audience to know that we don’t need to be consumed by those emotions but just to accept them and feel them.

I believe that mystery is the key element to keep the stories interesting. So most of my work revolves around the truth being in the dark, keeping us thinking about different interpretations and keeping our imaginations flowing, guessing from clues. The instinct to solve is strong but the emotions when we ‘live’ the stories is stronger.