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Naive Art in Puteri Pakma

Everyone can draw but not everyone can create a continuous plot out of it, especially if you want to convey a meaningful message via art. For Abby Zain, 50, she chose to disseminate the message of caring for Mother Nature through her paintings, as it is easily accepted.

A fan of naive art, she said people might perceive it as easy drawings, but she believes there is a deeper meaning in it, as she finds novelty in her art. She added that it is an honest way of sharing with the readers.

“I’ve been disseminating messages through my drawings because I want my audience to learn something out of it,” said Abby to reporters following the launching of her visual art and book exhibition at PORT (People of Remarkable Talent) Gallery, Ipoh recently.

Her latest visual art, which she named ‘Puteri Pakma 2’ is a continuation from the book itself, which was first published in 2013. This time, she depicted the message of caring for our rainforest.

“It all started when I dreamt for three successive days and in that dream I was in a forest and the animals were talking to me. I knew it’s a sign for me to do something about it,” she added. Her drawings will be published as a book in 2016.

Executive Councillor for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Multimedia and Communications, Dato’ Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi officiated at the launch.

“Abby’s book has the potential to bring more tourists to Perak,” said Nolee. “People would be interested to know about Perak because, as mentioned by Abby, this book was based on her visits to the Gopeng jungles,” she added.

Rosli Mansor

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