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The Quest of Identity in Sophia Kamal's Art Exhibition "WUDU"

Ling, C. B. I. and Abdullah, S.

Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science, Volume 26, Issue 2, June 2018

Keywords: Female identity, Malaysian art, postmodern art, Sophia Kamal, women artists

Published on: 29 Jun 2018

This paper aims to investigate the terminology relating to irony and the manifestation of the struggle within the inner thought of a 21st-century Malaysian artist, Sophia Kamal. Her artwork discussed here portrays a significant picture of what it means to be a woman in the 21st century. In her recent exhibition, entitled "WUDU", Sophia exposed the 21st-century dilemma faced by many modern women, especially the modern Muslim woman, through extensive, fine pieces of colourful and impressive artwork. Sophia's art pieces have contributed to the development of local artwork produced by contemporary women artists in Malaysia by exploring the perception of identity in terms of the female gaze and consciousness from a feminist perspective, which this paper will discuss further. Focussing on the issues of identity and feminism, this paper argues that her art pieces reflect the conflict between traditional culture and postmodern life, thinking and culture that is increasing its visibility in urban Malaysia.

ISSN 1511-3701

e-ISSN 2231-8542

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