Dimensions:48 inch x 60 inch
LKM is a multi-disciplinary creative of NZ European and Malay Orang Asal / Chinese descent with home roots in Te Tai o Poutini ( West Coast of the South Island).
An extensive background in event production, studies in Fashion and Textiles at the Istituto Europeo Di Design in Milan and training in Graphic Design have given LKM a strong sense of creative direction and practical talent that has been carefully crafted through these constantly intersecting industries.
Her works are a balance of considered intricacy, playful escapism and spiritual connectedness underpinned by an urgent focus on environmental conservation and the exploration of how art can facilitate mass awareness and encourage positive change.
My family home on the West Coast has always been a big influence on my life and this work (one of a series) is a commentary of the sanctuary and grounding one finds when experiencing the peaceful solitude and dappled light of the native forest. During Lockdown I was disconnected from my home so the piece also weaves in meditations and reflections of my interior world and for me there is a healing quality and solace to the works which I wanted to express and impart. I have never used oils before and as I began to experiment I loved the texture and viscosity to the medium as well as the linseed oil making areas of the canvas look wet as though the West Coast rain had dripped onto the canvas leaves and remained.
COVID has taken away my primary work source which was a freelance Event Producer basing myself in NZ and flying over to Australia and Hong Kong. The time I had during lockdown and border closure meant that I had freedom to explore different avenues of my art practice so whilst it was a difficult and emotional time, I feel like it was extremely beneficial for me to grow in my understanding of myself and therefore to express that through my art.