Transfiguration of Space: Practice-Based Research in Painting and Digital Art by Kong Ho

Abstract

Envisioned as a practice-based research project in painting and digital art by Kong Ho, "Transfiguration of Space" will explore the theme of spirituality as it is conveyed through meditative symbolic icons, logarithmic spirals, nautilus shells, floral patterns, natural forms and memoristic images found in my daily living environment. The Taoist-Buddhist perspective for understanding humans and nature challenges rational thinking as a primary path to truth and art. Works of art are complex products of conceptual thinking and emotional experience. Undoubtedly, individuals are the beings of their cultures and environments. Believing that the spiritual world is like a journey about the search for a perfect state of mind and being, and not a real space and time, I have created works of art that transcend the materialistic reality to reach the ultimate goal of achieving harmony or tranquility with nature for a decade. By using Asian philosophy to temper my respective approaches to Western art concepts and techniques, I have been able to bring new insights to the subjects of transcendentalism and the natural world. In this paper, I intend to use my artworks presented in my last solo multimedia art exhibition in NIE Art Gallery, Singapore, in May 2012 as a case study of spiritual art to trace the inspiration that frequently materializes in my work and to have better understanding of myself and my art. Finally, this paper will explore the timeless moments and spotless places presented in my work and further discuss the relationship between art and spirituality.



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Kong Ho, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam

Paper Information
Conference: ACAH2013
Stream: Arts & Humanities

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