“Language forms our worlds. In the event of conflict or trauma, these worlds are held under siege by things beyond ordinary grammar. We kick so as not to sink. We build coping mechanisms to keep us afloat. We find other ways to speak, to scream, to not remain silent. We keep telling our stories.”
– Dhiyanah Hassan
from 2016’s Artist’s Statement
Storytelling is important to me. The process of building or exploring personal narratives
allow us to reclaim our identities and agency, especially if either had
been taken away from us. Stories allow us to situate ourselves within a bigger picture,
to help us connect and guide us through life.
I aim to make meaningful work using my art and writing.
I aim for my work to be a clear conduit for telling, navigating, and amplifying stories.
Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Australia.
I'll See Your Red and Raise You Blue at 321Studios, Publika, Malaysia.
White Canvas 5, Talk Talk Wine Bar, Penang, Malaysia.
General showcase, Hin Bus Depot, Penang, Malaysia.
Slumb-a-Chamber during George Town Festival, Wisma Yeap Chor Ee, Penang, Malaysia.
Bye Bye Bye at Goodfriendsclub, Penang, Malaysia.
The Art of Giving, Nobody Gets Left Behind at Black Box, Publika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Twitter Art Exhibition: Moss 2015 at Moss Library, Norway.
The Sketchbook Project: Mobile Library at Art Basel, Miami, USA.
Entry 2012, Brunswick Art Space, Melbourne, Australia.
My focus this year is to sharpen my visual narrative skills and grow my freelance illustration practice. I'm focusing more on telling a story in one image rather than through a series.
I've recently embraced the link between my art practice and my attraction to mysticism, eg. healing, energy work, and tarot, and I'm exploring some of that in my writing, specifically in a monthly column, 'Ash and Stardust' on Burning House Press.
ART: Book covers, editorial illustrations, commissions, consultations,
business collaborations, curating for small shows, exhibiting or making works for various spaces.
WRITING: Book reviews, interviews, essays, editing, manuscript reviewing, beta reading, copywriting, transcribing, proofreading.
OTHERS: Rapporteuring gigs for NGOs, creative workshops for organizations or communities, tarot readings and consultations.
Handmade and hand-drawn work. Works on paper. Watercolors, inks and digital painting. Versatile. Able to work minimally or elaborately with attention to detail. Strong conceptual and emotional understanding of visual and poetic languages. Strong ideals and principles.
And here's my cat and occasional studio assistant, Kahlo!