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Creative Crush - Kara Yong

Kara Yong is intrigued by the many different forms and colours that make art, art.

Kara Yong of Lukisan Kabut Illustrations (@lukisan_kabut) is drawn to the vibrancy of chaos and rebelling against neutral perspectives. “I am someone that lives recklessly - hence the name Kelam Kabut,” she explains.

The local artist juggles a chaotic combo of interior design and illustration, focusing mainly on 3D visuals and digital artworks. As for her inspirational sources, the works of Nobuyoshi Araki, as well as French animations particularly speak to her. “Especially the ones where the colors are as vivid as the emotions portrayed.” This unique disposition results in stunning digital mixed media that evokes emotions and memories.

Who inspired you to create your first work of art?

Honestly, my main support and inspiration to start my digital platform came from my partner Ryan who is an artist himself. Also there were many people throughout my life that have encouraged me to work on my art, so I thank them for that. I love works from Nobuyoshi Araki, and watching French animations where the colors were as vivid as the emotions portrayed. Being someone that lives recklessly ( hence the name kelam Kabut) I was drawn to that vibrancy of chaos and rebelling against neutral perspectives.

What was the turning point for you/your craft to become what it has today?

I started drawing very early but my artworks changed when I started producing digitally. I wanted to experiment with so many different forms and colors. I started with people I knew because it motivated me to show the ones I love how I see them in a different light. Then @softbwoi requested me to exhibit for a women's week exhibition at Safehouse TTDI. Unfortunately it was cancelled due to the pandemic but from there it was a gradual progression from people to ideas and concepts, sharing a part of myself and shedding light on current issues.

In your opinion, what’s the best thing you’ve ever created? Why?

I think I have yet to create my best. I am sincerely proud of my work but like every artist I do feel like I have a lot to work on. To date, I have created a series of Women after the Pandemic showcasing a feminist perspective of women emerging stronger than before. Also recently had my work featured on @zhanartmy as part of their social norms online exhibition. And @bricklanegallery London featured one of my portraits. But ultimately, the best work would be something that people would genuinely enjoy and relate to.

Creatively (cinematography, set/costume design, etc.), what are your top 3 must watch movies?

Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets (1971) by Shuji Terayama

In the Mood for Love by Wong Kar Wai

The Tale of Princess Kaguya by Isao Takahata ( this is actually an animation but the production and illustrations were mesmerizing!)


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