Art students set to correct perception about subject

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THE general misconception that only academically weak pupils should study art at school has led to the public dismissing the subject as unimportant.

However, a number of talented Upper Sixth art students at Meragang Sixth Form Centre (PTE Meragang) are out to set the record straight.

An art trip to Singapore and a successful exhibition held in conjunction with Earth Hour on March 23 that went beyond the “visual context, encompassing sound and movement” that drew crowds including members of the Royal Family helped to raise the profile of art among students and the general public.

In an interview with The Brunei Times the students shared their aspirations, tribulations and concerns about their future.

They said art requires passion, capital and a great deal of time, and that art students need a centre to showcase their work.

Nurul Nabilah Huda Aironzi, who created “A Girl, A Doll”, an installation piece which studies portraits, landscapes and texture, told The Brunei Times the general public does not comprehend that art students require an environment that shows appreciation of the subject.

“It requires a lot of time, effort and funds as each piece has a different story to tell, and being in love with art has given me an avenue to express my individuality. I hope that there will be more platforms to showcase our talents.”

Md Hamizan Hj Muzani said his parents have been very supportive of his art. He said renowned artists Pg Dato Hj Asmalee Pg Ahmad and Nathan Sawaya are his inspiration, and that he hopes one day to follow in their footsteps.

“I found my niche in art, finally becoming more confident in myself. And I have been able to make my “Ant-Man” sculpture with reference to cubism and pointillism,” he said.

Art tutors at PTE Meragang Dk Selinna Pg Datu Paduka Hj Asmalee, Teo Ai Moo and Mohammad Mardhi Hamid told The Brunei Times they are exceptionally proud of their students and their achievements. They said the students now excelled in portraiture, landscapes, as well as abstract and installation art.

Teo Ai Moo told The Brunei Times there should be more avenues available for local homegrown artists to grow and develop as a healthy art scene can contribute to a country’s economy.

Mohammad Mardhi said the art scene is limited in Brunei and their are too few galleries and exhibition spaces.

Dk Selinna said parents should encourage their children to express themselves artistically and support them emotionally and financially.

She also said she hoped an art centre would soon be built in the country.

The Brunei Times