3M Studio Showcase: Before We Remember by Viko Zhijune

3M Studio Showcase: Before We Remember

Artist Statement by Viko Zhijune

The series "Before We Remember" comprises of an on-going journey where I explore my personal emotions and memories through the of study of my relationship with my surroundings. It can be observed that there has been a consistent presence of landscapes within the composition of my paintings. What I have discovered through much reflection, is that the personal significance of landscapes to me lies in my need to capture the memory of it.


Playing with dots, shapes, and colours, I attempt to create landscapes of nature that appear dreamy and unclear. The intention is to portray our inability to remember the details of every moment. In the time of modern technology, we take for granted the ease of capturing an image or moment through our smart phones. However, I have come to realise that while the memory of significant and impactful emotions may be easier to recall, the visual preservation of every single moment I have experienced are not as sharp. The experience of seeing a landscape and recalling every detail is to me is parallel to my inability to recall other moments I have lived in this life. Thus, our memories are but, an incomplete sketch. While the general structure of an event experienced and emotions felt may be present, over time, our hold of its accuracy becomes hazy. 
Try as we might, we may not be able to commit every single detail our lives to memory. Yet the question remains, do we need to remember the details? Through the watery, unrefined, and blurry landscapes of "Before We Remember", I hope to convey these exact musings.

Featured Artworks

Before Monsoon

Before Monsoon

 

Oil on canvas
114 x 90cm
2021
RM3,800 / Available

Monsoon

Monsoon

 

Oil on canvas
182 x 120cm
2021
RM4,500 / Available

 

Unknown I

Unknown I

 

Oil on canvas
80 x 61 cm
2021
RM2,000 / Available

 

Unknown II

Unknown II

 

Oil on canvas
80 x 61 cm
2021
RM2,000 / Available

 

Silence Hill

Silence Hill

 

Oil on canvas
182 x 120 cm
2021
RM4,500 / Available

 

Passengers

Passengers

 

Oil on canvas
120 x 243 cm
2021
RM5,500 / Available

 

About the Artist

Viko Profile

Based in Kajang, Ng Zhi June, also known as "Viko", was born in 1993. Graduating from Dasein Academy of Art with a Diploma in Fine Art, she has a keen interest in exploring the influence of her surroundings to her "inner world" and her memories. With her consistent themes of nature and consideration towards their relationship towards space, she seeks to express her emotional responses visually through compositions of landscapes and nature.
 
Since graduating, Viko has pursued her career as a fine artist through her regular participation in competitions and local group exhibitions. Selected participation in exhibitions include Drift at Suma Orientalis (2019), Small World at Artemis Gallery (2019), RRRAWRRR!!! At Maybank Foundation (2018), Shenzhen International Art Fair (2017).

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