Artist: Cheng Yen Pheng
Title: Tug of War: My Homeland
Medium: Mixed media on mulberry pulp paper (Grass roots stitching, thread and wood)
Size (cm): 95 x 130
Tug of War: My Homeland depicts the struggle faced by her homeland, Malaysia. The struggle from trying to achieve the right balance between deliberation and decision, and how this can impact unity and harmony. The sense of toil and struggle is illustrated through a tug-of-war. The artist uses lalang (weeds) roots within the outline of a map of Malaysia to suggest how disagreement and debate from different factions in the country is the root cause of discord across Malaysia. She uses mulberry pulp to make the paper as the canvas for this intricate artwork.