Exhibition showcases 10 years of art journey

Syazwani Hj Rosli

A solo art exhibition titled ‘Reverie’ by Maziyah binti Yussof was officially opened in a ceremony held at the Dermaga Diraja Art Gallery in the capital yesterday. The exhibition ends on November 30.

Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Brunei Darussalam Yoon Hyun-bong was the guest of honour. Owner of Rainforest Gallery and President of Brunei Art Forum Dato Paduka Haji Shofry bin Haji Abdul Ghafor, relatives, friends and guests were also present.

The exhibition features more than 30 artworks encapsulating over 10 years of Maziyah’s journey in art.

Maziyah draws inspiration from the world and its natural order. Maziyah specialises in pattern-making which she said represents “the concept of order and structure evident in the natural world”.

She also cites how the teachings of Islam along with elements and structures found in Islamic art have influenced her entire practice.

ABOVE & BELOW: Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Brunei Darussalam Yoon Hyun-bong and Maziyah binti Yussof; and visitors admire Maziyah’s artworks. PHOTOS: SYAZWANI HJ ROSLI

She pointed out that in Islam, whatever we do is to glorify Allah the Almighty and it extends to art.

She said, “In Islamic art, patterns are a representation of the nature of Allah the Almighty as it symbolises perfection, transcendence and the infinite.” Maziyah previously has her art pieces exhibited in exhibitions in countries such as United Kingdom (UK) and South Korea.

The showcase is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, the Dermaga Diraja Art Gallery, Rainforest Gallery, Brunei Art Forum, Brunei Museums and Oddbox Pictures with Osman Mohammad of Creative Space Gallery.

The Dermaga Diraja Art Gallery is open daily from 9.30am-4.30pm and is closed from noon to 2pm on Fridays.