(b. 1953, Malaysia)
Sculptor and painter KUMARI NAHAPPAN was an interior designer, architect and teacher, before pursuing her passion in fine art at the age of 37. Since then, she has chalked up an impressive list of accolades, which include prestigious awards, grants and exhibitions across the globe. Drawing inspiration from nature and spirituality in Southeast Asia, Nahappan’s elegant, surreal sculptures are unique in the way they breathe life and character into otherwise inanimate objects of nature—from chilis, apples to tomatoes. Today, Nahappan is most known for her big, bright and bold seeds and chili sculptures planted in public spaces around Singapore.
MOVEMENT 1 (Detail)
59.5 x 39 x 100 cm
Though her stay at YAL was brief, the foundry allowed Nahappan to continue her explorations into the Hindu tradition and classical Indian notions on matter and living form, while masterfully employing the solid bronze medium. In her sculpture created at YAL, Movement 1, she enlarged a representation of a bean seed to spotlight the unique and animated ways in which nature germinates and grows. Whimsical and alluring, the piece encourages viewers to see the innate, yet often unseen, energy, mysteries and possibilities radiating from the natural world.
60 x 59 x 54cm