Grow through art | The star

JANET Lee shows that you can chart your own path in life and determine your own future.

The international entertainer and 2021 Woman Glamor Award winner has been diagnosed with intellectual and developmental delay. She had suffered from epilepsy when she was a baby. Continuing on her momentum, she presents her second personal exhibition on the theme “Blossoming Colours”.

And for the first time, it will be held at the Janet Lee Gallery in Kuala Lumpur.

His first solo exhibition dates back to 2018 and was held at Sunway Putra Mall, Kuala Lumpur.

His works have also been featured in various art exhibitions, including in Singapore, South Korea and the United States.

“Blossoming Colours”, held in conjunction with International Women’s Day, is divided into four sections showcasing growth progress – nursery, saplings, blooming and in full bloom.

In the space called “Nursery,” the smaller paintings and sketches have a more innocent technique as well as the colors used, guest curator Danielle Lin said.

“We want people to enter the ‘nursery’ and feel an atmosphere of innocence.

“An artist often does a lot of practice and sketching before moving on to the next stage of their artwork. This is where we can feel the artist is taking baby steps,” she said. Explain.

At ‘Saplings’, the paintings featured different plants using various techniques and colors.

Lin said, “Everyone has a different childhood. The elements of Saplings’ paintings emphasize this fact.

The now larger canvases symbolize how the artist slowly progresses to another stage.

“Floraison” is staged in a cozy space.

“The paintings here focus on teenagers.

“Some teenagers are rebellious, others find their way and make their own way. They discover a new path in life. “The whole gallery is a process of Janet growing up.

“Baby steps in the nursery, growth in saplings, adolescence in flowering, and maturity in Full Bloom,” Lin said.

Finally, “In Full Bloom,” she said the paintings symbolized maturity.

“The paintings here are developed and matured, symbolized by the flowers in full bloom.”

Lee’s mother, Joyce Moi, said her daughter was an adult with different abilities.

“We hope that parents who have talented children like Janet can take comfort and be inspired by her motivation to move forward.

“Some parents don’t know how or where to start, and I hope that with my journey, I can inspire them as well,” Moi said. “Janet Lee” is a brand that emphasizes positivity, empowerment and gratitude, she added. .

“Blossoming Colours” is on until March 31. The visit is by appointment only, via the link on the gallery’s Instagram @artistjanetlee

Janet Lee Gallery is located at 20-1-4, Jalan 2/10C, ​​Cheras Business Center in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.

Lee also has a collaborative arm, “Art Beyond The Canvas”, where she turns her artwork into retail merchandise, and a portion of the sales is donated to the Rumah Qaseh Ibu Orphanage.

Dora W. Clawson