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Living Art: The inspired lives of 14 Malaysian artists & their art practice by Areca Books

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About the book

Snapshots of contemporary Malaysian art practice, revealed through insightful interviews with 14 professional artists. In their own voices, these artists share intimate stories of their first exposures to art. They reveal their learning processes, unique approaches and creative strategies, explaining their choices of space, materials and styles. A book to inspire those embarking on their own journey into the world of art.

Featured Artists

Mad Anuar Ismail

Noor Mahnun Mohamad

Sharon Chin

Abdul Mansoor Ibrahim

Hasnul J Saidon

Gan Chin Lee

Jennifer Liu Hsin Ying

Roslisham Ismail (Ise) 

Elias Yamani

Eiffel Chong

Azzaha Ibrahim

Shia Yih Yiing

Ilse Noor

Pangrok Sulap

About the author

Emelia Ong Ian Li is currently a Senior Lecturer, teaching Malaysian Art History in the Visual Arts MA programme at the Cultural Centre in the University of Malaya (UM). A specialist in the Visual Arts field, Emelia received her BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, USA, and earned her MA in Visual Arts at the University of Malaya under the supervision of renowned Malaysian pioneer art historian, the late Redza Piyadasa. She then completed her PhD at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang, with a thesis on the construction of identities through art practice during the independence period of Malaysia. Emelia’s research interests include modern and contemporary Malaysian and Southeast Asian art, and its intersections with culture, identity, tradition and nationalism. Currently, she is researching local art practices as processes of personal and social meaning-making.


Living Art: The inspired lives of 14 Malaysian artists & their art practice

Emelia Ong

Areca Books, 2020

Softcover, 20.3 cm x 26.6 cm, 136 pages


ISBN 9789675719400

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