Manifestation Of Nature In The Art Of Wood Carving: With Reference To Works Of Masters Northeastern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia

Kamarudin, Zumahiran and Said, Ismail (2012) Manifestation Of Nature In The Art Of Wood Carving: With Reference To Works Of Masters Northeastern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia. In: First International Conference on Islamic Built Environment: Towards an Understanding of the Islamic Environment, 28 - 29 March 2012, Universitas Islam Bandung.


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Depiction of plant-based motif in the Malay traditional wood carving has been popularly practiced in the past and continuously implemented by the present generation of woodcarvers. This paper discusses the application of nature-based compositional elements in the wood carving products of three master woodcarvers from the northeastern region of Peninsular Malaysia, namely Wan Mustafa Wan Su, Abas Abdullah, Abd Rahman Yusof and Norhaiza Nordin. Their works and opinions that served as inferential evidences were obtained through face-to-face interviews that were conducted within an informal environment The interviews focused on the aspect of fabrication of wood carving with particular emphasis on motif use. Observation and photographic documentation of their works were necessary measures to complement the interviews. Hence, examination on the carvings produced by the woodcarvers which exemplifies their distinctive craftsmanship is also addressed in this paper. It was found that the most profound works produced by them are inspired and derived from nature which signifies their strong preferences to the application of floral design. This implies that the Islamic religious belief has become the most influencing factor that governs their craftsmanship. In addition, the physical and practical values of the carvings extracted from the past traditions are still intact in their works. Additional values including artistic and design skills further enrich the products of the master woodcarvers from this region which not only provide stimulus for admiration but also serve as valuable references for carvers of a new generation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Wood carving, woodcarvers, floral motif, craftsmanship, natural environment
Divisions: Faculty of Built Environment > Landscape Architecture
Depositing User: FAB IR Admin
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2013 05:55
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2013 05:55

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