Fables, folklores, mysteries, adventures, events, opinions, history, and stories became larger than live to those who affixed their gaze onto that little box one has at home. It is not an uncommon sight to see kids spending time in front of the television whilst their parents are preoccupied with their daily activity. To many, they are indeed safer than to let the kids out into the streets and subject themselves to impending accidents.
Since young, Siund is one such individual who is much affected by it. The sight and sounds on the television screen and the radio are what fascinate him as he spends many hours affixing his gaze onto them which allow his imagination to soar taking in all that entertainment has to offer. From advertisements to cartoons, the imagery embedded in his mind consistently replays as he acted out those scenes with his siblings, mimicking the somersaults and the gestures of his heroes on tv. Those were the heydays.
Nevertheless , as the years pass by, such memories of what has conjured has a deep influence on him. Locked inside his little grey cells, he managed to capture specific moments of those glorious images and today, allowed them to be replayed as narratives on his canvasses. Elements of nostalgia are his adventure.
Fast forward, rewind, pause, the impulse to allegorise pulsates through him as he allows stills and specific moments to dominate his works.
Born in Kedah in 1981, Siund Tan graduated with a B.F.A in Graphic Design from Curtin University of Technology, Australia. He is the winner of of Malaysia Emerging Artist Award (MEAA) in 2011, and one of the finalists of The 16th Da Dun Fine Arts Exhibition of Taichung City, Taiwan.
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