(L-R) Korean Ambassador to Brunei, Yoon Hyun Bong given a tour by the artist Maziyah Yussof during the opening of her Solo Art Exhibition ‘Reverie’ at the Royal Wharf Art Gallery yesterday. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Local artist Maziyah Yussof is currently hosting her first solo art exhibition at the Royal Wharf Art Gallery in the capital.

Launched yesterday, the exhibition titled ‘Reverie’, showcases over 30 original art pieces that encapsulates her 10-year journey in creating art.

“Reverie means the state of being pleasantly lost in one’s thoughts or in short, a daydream,” Maziyah told The Bruneian.

This is apparent in her pieces that comprise of portraits, figuratives and landscapes showing aspects of her personal experience and journey in a whimsical and dreamlike tone.

Inspired by Gustav Klimt, Van Gogh and Henri Rousseau, the local artist has a distinctive style and approach to contemporary artwork, rooted in the Islamic elements that inspire her.

Guests having a look at the art pieces on display during the opening of the Reverie Solo Art Exhibition by Maziyah Yussof at Galeri Seni, Royal Wharf yesterday. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

She also cites how the teaching of Islam along with elements and structure found in Islamic art has influenced her entire practice.

“In Islamic art, patterns are a representation of the nature of Allah – as it is symbolic for perfection, transcendence and the infinite” she explained.

Among the highlighted artwork on display include her personal favourite, the “Creator II” that features images of lotus plants, bees, patterns and three fetuses.

Maziyah said her work focuses more on the symbolism of patterns and imageries based on Islamic Ideologies.

Artist, Maziyah Yussof being interviewed by The Bruneian at the Reverie Solo Art Exhibition. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

“My pieces are a contemporary interpretation of Islamic art and a response to the positive effects of globalization and integration of cultures.”

Her journey as an artist began with her love for origami where she honed her skills in paper craft and pattern-making.

As a result, she developed the idea of geometric patchwork which instantly became her signature style.

She considers her pattern-making style as a “concept of order and structure evident in the natural world.

Guests having a look at art pieces on display during the opening of the Reverie Solo Art Exhibition by Maziyah Yussof yesterday. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Maziyah also relies on traditional techniques when creating pieces – preferring to hand cut each individual shape.

Additionally, the mother of two draws inspiration from the world and its natural order by reflecting upon the perfect ecological balance found in nature.

This is evident in many of her paintings that portray the transient, delicate and beautiful balance of nature.

Her most recent work is “The Water Village” series exploring the colourful and whimsical atmosphere of Kampong Ayer.

One of the art pieces on display at the Reverie Solo Art Exhibition. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Influenced by her job as a Travel and Tourism teacher, she would spend most of her days taking inspiration from the architecture of the water village whilst admiring the strong Islamic and Bruneian culture surrounding it.

Maziyah has participated in numerous local and international exhibitions in countries such as Korea and the UK.

The launching ceremony was attended by Korean Ambassador to Brunei, Yoon Hyun Bong.

The Reverie exhibition is open to the public from 9.30am to 4.30pm daily and will run until November 30.

Portraits on display at the Reverie Solo Art Exhibition. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

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