Artist: Khairulddin Bin Abdul Wahab
Title: Rites of Passage
Medium: Acrylic on linen
Size (cm): 130 x 180
Rite of Passage is derived from an image of an oil bath ritual that is practised in Silat Gayong, a style of martial arts. Practitioners would plunge their hands in boiling oil and rub it over their exposed bodies, a physical, mental and spiritual test of one’s ability to harness unseen or ‘mystical’ forces to withstand pain.
The concept of an unseen world where forces of good and evil can influence and impact physical existence is a belief found in various spiritual teachings. Rite of Passage represents this world where hidden forces come together with the physical domain through a ceremony that opens a passage where one can only pass through self-surrender.