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Documenting art and identity in formation: An arts agent's story
Eyes, Divine to the Soul

The head looks rather big in proportion to its body that they are like giant clams on wood stems. On a further look, one could think they are huge unflourished roses. You would even believe they speak to each other like humans do. It seem to resemble apples with an eye, spinning on its own branch. But they are just little creatures, or plants like it is possible, that is no larger than some unidentified flying insects that is long and probably tad oversize bees, petting on them.
On one end, you found a bird while on the other, you see an eye peeking from among the grasses. Flowers grew from around the entire picture border and from a tiny corner of an illustration I thought was a secret cave where a deer was wondering.  The lines that freely flow reminds you of the river maybe sometime ago, or they could also be mountains far away, or the waves crashing a hundred feet beneath. Nonetheless they could also be a representation of an ancient old human building.


When Kit Mui saw these juxtaposition of these landscapes and magnificient surreal habitats came to her imaginations to put to paint, she was fundamentally falling to her subconscious mind, hence allowing her free soul to connect to her inner self, where beauty lies simply upon little happenings. This was a state of meditation that she will be drawn with the universal force (*1), where her imaginations can flow freely with the wonders of nature, to tell the stories and pictures that miracly unveils from her untouched memories. It is a process of discovery and rediscovery for the artist herself.

In spiritual healing, this method of drawing strength and inspiration from a larger force, and ‘bypassing your personal energies’ found greatness when the healer aligns his energy directly with the source and becomes a channel to unify a person with the universal body or nature (*2). And in the role of art therapy, the formulas take on a similar path to their objective at times through person-centred arts expressive arts therapy that was also well explained by Natalie Rogers, (Ph.D) (*3). Indeed art is a way to communicate to one’s inner self, and when only it is applied unconditionally, it contains the element of genuinity of oneself to the universe, where beauty of everything becomes a part of each other.

Where the eyes were painted, Mui begins her art with another setting. This time although the lines were drawn rather similarly, and the style of her intuitive ink is clearly identifiable, the mood in the picture is alot happier and the creatures and nature made objects followed to be in high spirits. There were bugs that looked more like black ants crawling away, this time the eye seems like of a fox prowling for his prey but amusingly also appears like the butt of the fire flower by the bird jumping with joy.


Her series sees much of that can be deeply explained and enlightened in the eyes of spirituality and self. But there are lighter ways to look at things and unconditional approaches to know one self. Like she said, her works can be described just as such – they come from her memory, imagination and intuition.

(*1) Universal force in this article is described as the universal intelligence that flows through and is in all things, is a spiritual energy and at many times being understood by different cultures as god. More on this term in this context can be found in this book, ‘Nuts and Bolts Spirituality: Waking Up the Sleepwalkers by Richard D. Blackstone’. Trafford Publishing (2003).
(*2) Read on Page 53, Chapter three: Sensing Energy. ‘Hands-on Spiritual Healing by Michael Bradford’. Findhorn Press (1993).
(*3) Online Article: Person-centered Expressive Arts Therapy by Natalie Rogers, Ph.D., REAT

Personal notes:
Again, I have great joy to write for my friends. Kit Mui is Tan Haur’s wife and also his assistant and co-curator when it comes to art exhibitions. God knows why we bump to each other on the roads all the time. This was written for Kit Mui’s exhibition series that will take place in Jogjarkata, after I wrote for Tan Haur’s show in Melborune that just ended less than a month ago.
This was written from a different method and mood from Tan Haur’s, as the article written for his series was more focused on techincal aspects while dealing with digital imaging and technology effects achieving artistic objectives. For mui’s article I was coming in from a simplistic perspective to view beauty in this world which I believe is how Mui sees things. The series allows a text that is more poetic and narrative. So, I wasn’t going to explain more deeply on details and what I think about the lines and meanings behind the works. I will leave it to work with the simplicity of the art.

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