Pixel art started to gain relevance in the 1970s with the emergence of computers and digital art. Shika’s fascination towards this phenomenon as well as the rise of the internet culture inspired her to use it as a tool of activism, mainly addressing the issue of transphobia. As part of her multidisciplinary practice, Shika is also a singer and guitarist in a punk rock band that she co-founded, Ting Tong Ketz. Music also becomes her medium to voice her personal experience as a transwoman living in this country. What is even stronger is her attempt of combining both the digital and physical space, through the act of printing and pasting her pixel art onto canvas. QR codes are also embedded onto these collages, so as to bridge visitors to Ting Tong Ketz’ music online, with songs that reflect transwomen’s issues. ‘WLG Incubator Young Artists Show 2021’ features Alya Hatta, Anwar Suhaimi, & Shika. The exhibition is currently on view at Wei-Ling Gallery, Brickfields, until the 13th November 2021. Exhibition is open by appointment only. For appointments and further assistance, please contact +60322601106 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Image: Shika, Ting Tong Nyah, Pixel art and collage on canvas, 35.5cm x 35.5cm, 2018 #shikasketchbook #stellanovatransnita #tingtongketz #weilingcontemporary #weilinggallery #wlgincubator #contemporaryart #youngartistsmalaysia #contemporaryartinmalaysia #contemporarymalaysianart #southeastasia #youngartist
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