Conversations with the up-and-coming honing their craft in a brave new world. NEW KID ON THE BLOCK
Sharmila Rajah converses with Malaysian contemporary artist Sean Lean on his first solo exhibition ‘Flesh: Black & Whites’. Let’s talk about subjective interpretation. When I paint I have control, beyond that I really am not too concerned about how my works are interpreted. It’ll be great if they were. What my works say to me is just as valid. How does ‘intention’ play a role in your art? There are different types of artists and there are those who want to communicate ideas. I’m not certain if I fall into this category. ‘Flesh’ was so personal. I started to paint, and then saw what was taking shape. ‘Flesh’ resonates with me – this is a collection of self-portraits symbolic to who I am; each represents a particular facet. Do you think art’s purpose is solely for expression? Different types of art serve different purposes. For me it’s a personal experience, exploration. What drives your creativity? It’s the actual process of painting that truly motivates me; being in the studio drives me. Discipline and consistency is crucial. The freedom to work on compulsion is very liberating.
Black Fighting Cock : Crownless, Queenless, oil on canvas, 196cm x 244cm, 2013, Sean Lean