15th March 2020

Three sculptors decided to still attend the Pre-LAB 2020 beginning 8 March 2020, although the main event, Langkawi Art Biennale 2020 had to be postpone to October 2020 due to COVID-19. This was before the Movement Control Order in Malaysia came into force on 18 March 2020.

Working on site at a marble factory, is (from left) LalKaji Lama Tamang (Nepal), Maxine Xie Xian Xin (KL) and Low Chee Peng (Penang).

LALKAJI LAMA TAMANG

LalKaji Lama Tamang holds a Masters degree in Fine Arts from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He is also a Professional Associate at the Nepal Academy of Fine Arts (Council Member, Head of Sculpture Department).

Major events in his art career include Mt. Everest 8848 Art Project Exhibition (2012), Rupantaran National Stone Sculpture Workshop (2015) and Unity International Sculpture Workshop (2016).

Also in 2019, he participated in Srijana International Sculpture Symposium; `Kirti´ Stone Sculpture Workshop, Devdaha National Wood Sculpture Workshop and Stainless Steel Sculpture workshop.

MAXINE XIE XIAN XIN

Maxine Xie Xian Xin is a Malaysian sculptor, draughtsperson and a contemporary painter. Graduated from Kuala Lumpur College of Art with a Diploma in Art & Design (1978-1980), she also took ceramic courses, figure drawing and sculpture courses, Zeeland, The Netherlands (1999-2005). She also studied sculpting and mould-making and casting under an established Dutch sculptor (2006).

She is as much at home crafting sensuous clay busts as she is carving female figures from raw wood. Peacock coloured ceramics, and delicately greened bronze works, equally interest Maxine’s creativity; using whatever materials that suit the needs and complexities of the finished work. Her current works includes using cement, concrete, marble, stone, found objects besides clay.

For Langkawi Art Biennale 2020, she is assisting by organising sculptors to attend both Pre-LAB and LAB 2020 and preparing tools and equipment for the temporary workshop in Kilim, Langkawi.

LOW CHEE PENG

Low Chee Peng is a self-taught artist from Penang, Malaysia. Due to his interest in art, he apprenticed at a sculpture company shortly after completing his studies.

That was more than 20 years ago. Now, being a sculptor and a father he has realized that that there is “moral erosion in society” because “one relinquishes one’s innocence and naivety to engage in mindless pursuit of power and ambitions”. It has impacted his art which his wants to address in his sculptures.

Using stones and metal, his sculptures have a duality, a “heavy yet light contrast” leading the viewer to perceive it as “traditional yet contemporary” and “abstract yet straightforward”. And the sculptures often depict child-like innocence in an adult world.

He is also passionate about “celebrat(ing) the human, the marks people make in their community” which can be seen in his Permanent Public Exhibitions around Penang and Kuala Kubu Baru, Malaysia.

All sculptures will be on exhibition at Langkawi Art Biennale 2020, this 2 October – 2 November 2020.