Ho Mei Kei

b. 1993, Malaysia

Mei Kei’s work centers on the idea of child’s play – a right of childhood and a crucial aspect of children’s physical, intellectual and social development. As an art teacher, Mei Kei was inspired by how children revealed their emotions through doodling and adopted those images for her own visual language. This process tapped into her own childhood memories around picture books, playing with toys, doodling on exercise books, singing and playing music.
The regular layout of her works mimics that of the exercise books used throughout early education, and the characters within those spaces are records of our gradual improvement. Still, each new character brings a curious deviation from the earlier, rather than its perfect replica.
For her latest solo exhibition in TAKSU Kuala Lumpur, “New Mundane” (2020), Mei Kei used the theme “Norma Baharu” or ‘the new normal’ to feature items we take for granted before and now it became our essential.
Born in Kuala Lumpur, Mei Kei completed Diploma in Fine Art in Dasein Academy of Art in 2016. She was a recipient of several awards including the 2017 Jury’s Award for Young Contemporaries (Bakat Muda Sezaman) organised by National Art Gallery (KL).
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What Do We Need Now 1

Oil on canvas, 23.5 x 33 cm

What Do We Need Now 2a

Oil on canvas, 23.5 x 33 cm

What Do We Need Now 3

Oil on canvas, 23.5 x 33 cm

Save us

Acrylic on canvas, 61 x 183 cm

Wear Shoes Of Any Colour To School

Acrylic on canvas, 92 x 213 cm

Yes You May Take Photo

Oil & acrylic on canvas, 152 x 122 cm

Magician

Oil & colour pencil on canvas, 120 x 150 cm

Family’s groceries I

Oil on canvas, 122 x 92 cm

Family’s Groceries II

Oil on canvas, 152 x 122 cm

Canned Drinks

Acrylic on canvas, 110 x 110 cm

Last Roll

Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 80 cm

Favourite Snacks

Acrylic on canvas, 19 x 14.5 cm (each)

Warnakan kereta nasional negara kita

Oil & acrylic on canvas, 152 x 122 cm

Pilih beg yang mampu memuatkan buku yang banyak

Oil & acrylic on canvas, 152 x 122 cm

Siramkan Tanaman Yang Anda Suka (5 Markah)

Oil & colour pencil on canvas, 100 x 70 cm

Artist Impression Series

Mixed media on canvas, 26.5 x 18 cm (each)

Development Series

Acrylic on paper, 29 x 21 cm (each)
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