WAKE ME UP WHEN IT'S ALL OVER By Issarezal Ismail


HOM Art Trans would like to present our latest online exhibition entitled “Wake Me Up When It’s All Over” by Issarezal Ismail. This series comprises of works that depicts the artist’s experience during MCO 1.0 in March 2020. As the country enters MCO 3.0, this showcase is a clear reminder of our ongoing battle against this virus that has plagued the entire world. We hope that this movement control order will aid the country towards the right direction of overcoming the pandemic. 




Artist Statement

Karya-karya dari siri Wake Me Up When It's All Over diinpirasikan dari pengalaman peribadi yang telah terperangkap di Kota Kinabalu, Sabah selama 4 bulan kerana perpindahan ke Perak terhalang kerana wabak Covid-19. Di saat-saat akhir ketika perancangan mahu berangkat ke semenanjung semakin hampir, tiba-tiba tanpa diduga berlaku hal yang tidak dijangka sehingga memaksa saya untuk menyewa sebuah bilik kecil bersaiz 3 meter x 3 meter di atas rumah kedai untuk dijadikan tempat tinggal sementara kerana rumah kediaman sebelumnya sudah diserahkan kembali kepada pemiliknya.

Di dalam ruang yang kecil itu saya tidak mampu berbuat apa-apa. Beralaskan tikar getah dan yoga mat saya hanya mampu berbaring dan tidur untuk menghabiskan waktu keseharian sambil berharap keadaan akan kembali seperti biasa dan saya akan dapat berpindah segera. Ketika mengharungi situasi serba sulit itu, jujur saya lebih rela tidur dari terjaga kerana tidak banyak yang saya mampu lakukan. Hanya sesekali sahaja saya keluar dari bilik itu untuk berjalan di sekitar tebing sungai berdekatan untuk melepaskan lelah keseharian berbaring dan lenguh yang dirasakan di seluruh tubuh badan.

Pengalaman traumatik itu saya tuangkan ke dalam semua karya di dalam siri ini yang rata-rata memperlihatkan sosok tubuh lelaki yang sedang tidur sambil berselindung di dalam atau di bawah objek-objek keseharian. Objek-objek tersebut bersumber dari pengalaman, fikiran dan juga perasaan yang saya rasakan ketika itu. Visual itu pula digarap di atas permukaan kotak yang dapat menyimbolkan suatu perjalanan atau katakanlah perpindahan yang menjadi episod penting kehidupan saya ketika itu.


Artworks 



Wake Me Up When It’s All Over #1

Acrylic on Carton Box 
36 x 36 cm
2021
RM600 // Reserved







Wake Me Up When It’s All Over #2

Acrylic on Carton Box 
36 x 36 cm
2021
RM600 // Reserved








Wake Me Up When It’s All Over #3

Acrylic on Carton Box 
36 x 36 cm
2021
RM600 // Reserved






Wake Me Up When It’s All Over #4

Acrylic on Carton Box 
36 x 36 cm
2021
RM600 // Reserved






Wake Me Up When It’s All Over #5

Acrylic on Carton Box 
36 x 36 cm
2021
RM600 // Reserved






Wake Me Up When It’s All Over #6

Acrylic on Carton Box 
36 x 36 cm
2021
RM600 // Reserved






Wake Me Up When It’s All Over #7

Acrylic on Carton Box 
36 x 36 cm
2021
RM600 // Reserved






Wake Me Up When It’s All Over #8

Acrylic on Carton Box 
36 x 36 cm
2021
RM600 // Reserved






Wake Me Up When It’s All Over #9

Acrylic on Carton Box 
36 x 36 cm
2021
RM600 // Reserved






Wake Me Up When It’s All Over #10

Acrylic on Carton Box 
36 x 36 cm
2021
RM600 // Reserved 







Contemplation

Acrylic on Carton Box 
20 x 29 cm 
2020
RM600 // Reserved







Fire

Acrylic on Carton Box 
21 x 29 cm
2020
RM600 // Reserved








Sign of Civilization

Acrylic on Carton Box 
21 x 29 cm
2020
RM600 // Reserved








Homage to the great blanket

Acrylic on Carton Box
20 x 28 cm
2020
RM600 // Reserved







Keluar Sempadan

Acrylic on Carton Box
48 x 48 cm
2020
Artist Collection








Self-Portrait as a Teacher

Acrylic on Carton Box
48 x 48 cm
2020
RM1,250 // Reserved








Sehingga Tititsan Terakhir

Acrylic on Carton Box
91 x 91 cm
2020
RM2,500








Arrested Motion: Hang On

Acrylic on Carton Box
118 x 87 cm
2020
RM2,500








Keluar Masuk

Acrylic on Carton Box
96 x 48 cm
Diptych
2020
RM2,250






Artist Profile





Issarezal Ismail (b.1978) was born in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan. Growing up in an environment close to the sea and mangrove swamps, instilled his love for nature from a very young age. His relationship with art grew stemmed from his observations of the interests of his elders, notably his grandfather who was a carpenter and traditional musician. His passion for art was further cultivated during his teenage years and further developed when he opted to take his Bachelor Degree in Fine Art at UiTM Perak in the year of 1996.

After completing his degree, Issa decided to become a lecturer at several colleges and universities around Malaysia. Currently, he is Senior Lecturer at the UiTM, Perak Branch in Seri Iskandar. Before relocating to Perak, he had previously resided in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah for almost 5 years where he completed his PhD.

His works are often inspired by life experiences that he has had in the environment in which he lives; either it is related to nature, humans or other socio-cultural phenomena. All of his ideas are usually wrapped in visual combinations that generally have a surreal effect that is contested by the reality itself.