by Ariadna Zierold
Malaysian artist Umibaizurah Mahir’s meticulously crafted ceramics are almost exclusively in the form of stylized, comical creatures, like three dimensional hand-made cartoons.
Umi’s artworks seem to present a paradox. On the one hand, these child-like figures are made with smiley faces but in odd poses showing something which is really uncomfortable.They look like odd objects that can be controlled. She paints her figures in various bright and cheerful colours. It seems like Umi tries to remind us of issues on individual identity in the community with all attributes that create the identity.