'being human' # 13 : Chong Ai Lei

Somewhere in Time
Oil on canvas
220 x 180cm

Chong Ai Lei (b. 1985, Segamat, Johor, Malaysia) gained her Diploma in Fine Art at Dasein Academy of Art, Kuala Lumpur (2005). As one of the winners of Malaysia Emerging Artist Award (2012) after being one of the finalists in 2009 and 2011, she caught the attention of serious art collectors regionally and generated a following. Her first solo exhibition, ‘P!NK’ was held at Sangkring Art Space, Yogyakarta, Indonesia last year. Her consistent participations in group exhibitions throughout the region were represented by art galleries in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Her fine and fastidious painting of female muses, engrossed in the privacy of their thoughts and preoccupations, be it in an indoor or outdoor setting, give glimpses into a world from a feminine view. These voyeuristic portrayals capture a specific world and through body languages that are meant to be read as actions and coded behaviours of social, political and cultural conditions. Making public acts that are usually unnoticed for their banality or triviality, it creates a rupture to our normal understanding or preconceived ideas regarding their demeanour, exhibiting an intriguing spectacle.