Online Solo Exhibition  |  TAKSU Kuala Lumpur


04 June – 27 June 2020

ESSAY by Rachel Jenagaratnam

New Mundane in New Normal

These are – to borrow the most used phrase of the present day – unprecedented times. A virus that was purported to have originated in a farmer’s market in central China has found its way across every corner of the globe, affected scores of humans, and visibly changed the way we correspond and behave in all things quotidian and with each other. It’s also disrupted many an inner state – can we each admit we will be the same person we were before COVID-19 attacked?

It’s no large claim then to state that Ho Mei Kei’s New Mundane debuts at a very important juncture in human history. To date, approximately 5.3 million people have been infected by the virus. In Malaysia, that number stands at over seven thousand, and at time of writing, people across the country are still operating under MCO-decreed measures and social distancing. Aidilfitri or Hari Raya can only be celebrated with gatherings of twenty people or less.

This is symbolic of life today – a ‘new normal’, where we’ve all been forced to adapt in some way or another. To many, the greatest challenge has been the forced quarantines and long hours indoors. Others are separated from loved ones, or find themselves troubled by fresh mental and emotional burdens. Some, are struggling to supply themselves with the bare necessities – medicine, food on the table, shelter.

These are, as has been aptly described, unprecedented times.



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Favourite Snacks (Installation)

Acrylic on canvas, 19 x 14.5 cm each, 2020

Family’s Groceries 1

Oil on canvas, 122 x 92 cm, 2020

Family’s Groceries 2

Oil on canvas, 153 x 122 cm, 2020

Milk Cartons

Acrylic on canvas, 80 x 100 cm, 2020

Save Us

Acrylic on canvas, 61 x 183 cm, 2020

Wear Shoes Of Any Colour To School

Acrylic on canvas, 92 x 213 cm, 2020

Canned Drinks

Acrylic on canvas, 110 x 110 cm, 2020

Instant Noodles

Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 70 cm, 2020

Last Roll

Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 80 cm, 2020


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