Umibaizurah Mahirismail

Umi Baizurah gained her diploma in art education from the Faculty of Fine Art and Design at Universitas Teknologi Shah Alam (Technology University of Shah Alam), Malaysia. In 2000, she finished her BA degree at Universitas Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. She has participated in several exhibitions in Malaysia, Korea, Japan, and Pakistan. This year, she had her solo exhibition titled Hybrid. Umi’s artworks show figures that look like children with distorted and incomplete bodies. The heads are noticeable while the other body parts are in different forms resembling particular objects. In some of her artworks, these figures are in full forms but somewhat simplified. Umi’s artworks seem to present a paradox. On the one hand, these child-like figures are made with smiley faces but in odd poses showing something which is really uncomfortable. In this exhibition, the figures are created in forms similar to cars using other media. They are lined up as if they are passively moving to the same direction. They look like odd objects that can be controlled. She paints her figures in various bright and cheerful colours. It seems like Umi tries to remind us of issues on individual identity in the community with all attributes that create the identity. In some cases, this can be very artificial. She tries to talk about the frauds that usually shape someone’s identity. She presents the ambiguity and paradox of the reality in life, and also, about the layered reality creating experiences in a human’s life.

Works

”ON THE WAY”
Porcelain, oxide and stain coated with clear glaze, onglazed, Decal, Wheel, String, Copper Sleeve, and Screws.
2009. Variable dimension

Exhibition View


My Statement:

Clay is akin to life, it is unpredictable but with many possibilities. Working with clay is the most fascinating medium but it also has its downside and frustration that one can undertake, either full of surprises or just pure disappointment, depending on the complexity of the form. The process is on-going and has intuitively made me understand the interaction of the medium and the materials that I work with. I have been utilizing other various mediums into my works as well. Clay alone wasn’t enough of a challenge for me to exploit all aspects of the medium, from materials to method and its processes.
I regard clay as a form of vehicle for communication between religion, people, and across the cultures. For me, it provides a means for constantly evaluating our place in our time.These HYBRID artworks are a reflection of change and identity in terms of environment change as well as our desire to transform or improve things. To me, HYBRID is as much about science as it about society and culture. I use toys as metaphors for many different issues; responses to everyday objects, as a symbol of life; reflections of desire, politics, globalization, cultural values, consumer culture, spirituality, beauty, and transformation.

Biodata


Born : 1975. Johor. Malaysia.

EDUCATIONS

1999

Diploma in Education (Art Teacher’s), Faculty of Art & Design Mara
University of Technology, Shah Alam, Selangor. Malaysia.

2000

BA Hons of Art and Design (Ceramics), Faculty of Art & Design,
MARA University of Technology, Shah Alam, Selangor. Malaysia.

SOLO EXHIBITION 2009

Hybrid. Wei Ling Gallery. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

EXHIBITIONS
2009

1 Malaysia, Beyond The Canvas 18@8. Wei Ling Gallery . Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.
Tanah Timur. Residency Exhibition. Japan Foundation,
Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia.
Tanah Air. Rimbun Dahan. Selangor. Malaysia
Malaysia Services Exhibition 2009 (MSE 2009). Dubai United Arab
Emirates.
The Contemporary Ceramic Asia Ceramic Network 09. Penang
State Art Gallery, Penang.
Asia Ceramics Network 08, Cyber & Catalog Exhibition. Seoul,
Korea.

2008

Cabinet. Valentine Wille Fine Art .Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.
Vice and Versus 18@8. Wei Ling Gallery . Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Emerging Asia. 2008 Asia Arts Network. KEPCO Gallery Seoul,
Korea.
Art Triangle 2008, Sokka Gakkai Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Wet Seasons. Pace Gallery, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Malaysia
Shifting Boundaries.Art For Nature. Rimbun Dahan. Selangor.
Malaysia
Mind, Body, and Soul. Wei Ling Gallery . Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Out Of The Mould – The Age Of Statement. Malmo Art Museum,
Sweden.

2007

Mapped. Jendela Arts space, Esplanade, Singapore.
International Contemporary Ceramic . Asia Ceramics Network &
Selsius. National Art Gallery. Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.
The Young Contemporaries 2006. National Art Gallery.
Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.
Out Of The Mould – The Age Of Statement. Petronas Gallery.
Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.
Jejak. Nasional Galeri Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Exhibition. Pace Gallery, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Malaysia.
Grand Opening –Warning! Tapir Crossing. Two Man Show with
Ahmad Shukri Mohamed. Patisatusudio, Puncak Alam, Selangor.
Malaysia.
Ceramic and Textile. Pelita Hati Gallery. Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysia.
Kunang- Kunang III. Studio- Gallery Kunang- Kunang. Selangor.
Malaysia.
Open House. Kebun Mimpi Gallery, Bangsar, Kualaa Lumpur.
Malaysia.
Mekar Citra 2007. Galeri Shah Alam, Selangor. Malaysia.
Virtousity-Women Show, Galeri Seni Johor. Johor. Malaysia
Fund-Raising Matahati. Sokka Gakkai. Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.
’00.15 Superstar’. Art For Nature. Rimbun Dahan. Selangor.
Malaysia.
Setahun Bersama. The Weld. Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.

2006

18@8- Contemporary Artists from Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur – Karachi.
Karachi. Pakistan.
Art Invitational. Bank Negara Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.
Open house. Gema Rimba. Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.
Sculpture Show. Gema Rimba. Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.
Feed Me! An Exploration of Appetites. Art For Nature.
Rimbun Dahan. Selangor. Malaysia.
Tabik. Salute.– A tribute Exhibition for Jeri Azhari. National Art
Gallery. Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.
Arts @ Earth. Xoas . Petaling Jaya. Selangor. Malaysia.
Arts @ Earth. KL Performing Art Centre. Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.
Art Salon Show. XOAS. Petaling jaya. Selangor. Malaysia.

Two Man Show with Ahmad Shukri Mohamed. TOYS.
Wei Ling Gallery . Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2005

Pop Culture. Maya Gallery, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.
Taman Sari. WWF, Art For Nature, Rimbun Dahan. Selangor.
Malaysia.
Grand Opening. Wei Ling Gallery . Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Takung. National Art Gallery. Kuala Lumpur.Malaysia
Form-ing Materials and Processes. Two Man Show with
Ahmad Abu Bakar. Sculpture Square, Singapore.

2004

Fifth teen, Darling Muse Gallery, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.
Paradise Lost/Paradise Found, Art For Nature Rimbun Dahan.
Selangor. Malaysia.
Young Contemporary Award 2004, National Art Gallery. Kuala
Lumpur. Malaysia.
IWCAT, JULY – AUGUST ‘04. The International Workshop of
Ceramic Art in Tokoname. Aichi, Japan.
Tokoname City Culture Hall, Tokoname. Aichi, Japan.
INAX . Togaku Kobo Gallery, Tokoname. Aichi, Japan.
The World Children’s Painting. Tokoname City Library, Tokoname .
Aichi, Japan.
Clay Design. Collaboration with Children, Tokoname City Culture
Hall, Tokoname. Aichi, Japan.
Symposium. Brush Calligraphy. Tokoname Higashi Elementary
School. Tokoname. Aichi, Japan.
Yakimono, Tokoname Ceramic Festival, Tokoname. Aichi, Japan.
Immersion, Maya Gallery, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.

2003

Wahana, Collaboration Singapore and Malaysian Exhibition, National
Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.
Games People Play, Rimbun Dahan Selangor. Malaysia.
Formalisma Tampak Dalam Seni Khat & Seni Tampak
Malaysia, Dewan Bahasa Dan Pustaka , Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.
Virus, joint exhibition with Ahmad Shukri, Art Season Gallery.
Singapore.
Impressions, Shah Alam Gallery, Selangor. Malaysia.
Incubator series, Collaboration work with Artist, Ahmad Shukri
Mohamed. Rimbun Dahan, Selangor. Malaysia.

2001

OPEN SHOW 2001, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysia.
Phillip Morris Malaysian Art Awards ’01, National Art Gallery, Kuala
Lumpur. Malaysia.

1999

Johor Exhibition, Yayasan Warisan Johor, Johor Bahru. Johor.
Malaysia.
Nokia Arts Awards – Asia Pacific, National Art Gallery, Kuala
Lumpur. Malaysia.
Philip Morris Malaysian Art Awards ’99, National Art Gallery,
Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.
The Malaysian Insurance Institute, Mandarin Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysia.

1998

Degree Show, School of Art & Design, MARA University of
Technology, Shah Alam, Selangor. Malaysia.

1997

Young Contemporary ’97, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur,

Malaysia.

AWARDS

2007

Top 10 Winners. The Young Contemporaries ’06. National Art Gallery,
Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.

Consolation, Mekar Citra 2007. Galeri Shah Alam, Selangor.
Malaysia.

2005

National Arts Council Arts Grant. Singapore.

2004

Grant for IWCAT workshop awarded by the MARA (UiTM),
Selangor. Malaysia.

Top Five Winners. Clay Sculpture. Collaboration with Children,
Tokoname City Culture Hall, Tokoname. Aichi, Japan.

1998 – 2001

Scholarship Award – Degree Ceramics, Yayasan Pelajaran Johor,
Malaysia.

1999

First Prize, Johor Art Competition ’99, Yayasan Warisan Johor, Johor
Bahru. Johor. Malaysia.
Finalist, Nokia Arts Awards – Asia Pacific, National Art Gallery, Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia.
Honourable Mention, Philip Morris Malaysian of Art Awards ’99,
National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.

1998

Dean’s List (Ceramics), School of Art & Design, MARA University of
Technology, Shah Alam, Selangor. Malaysia.

1995

Consolation Award, National Day’s, Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.

COLLECTIONS

Private and Public Collection

MUZIUM & GALERI TUANKU FAUZIAH. UNIVERSITI SAINS MALAYSIA. Malaysia.
NATIONAL ART GALLERY, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
ASIA ARTS NETWORK, Seoul, Korea.
PETRONAS GALLERY, KLCC Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
ALIYA & FAROUK KHAN COLLECTION, Malaysia
KT. LIM & GRACE. Malaysia & Australia.
FATIMAH & PAKHARUDDIN SULAIMAN, Malaysia
DR. STEVE & ROSEMARY WONG. Malaysia
DATO’ SRI ABDUL AZIM MOHD. ZABIDI
NORIE & HIROMASA, Japan
IWCAT-THE INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP OF CERAMIC ART IN TOKONAME, Japan
YAYASAN WARISAN JOHOR, Johor, Malaysia
MARA University of Technology, Selangor. Malaysia.