IM Group Foundation’s chair exhibits her artworks to raise funds for children in need
IM Group Foundation’s chair and owner of Lai Lai Art Studio, the Malaysian-born artist Alice Chang Guerra has revealed her latest artwork and initiative – The Three Graces of Malaysia – to coincide with Malaysia’s 64th year of independence and to raise funds for children in need.
10 Sep 2021 | By Noel D'Cunha
The three two-metre-high sculptures, currently on show in an exhibition – with fellow artist Datuk Luciano Mirriat at Kuala Lumpur’s Four Points Hotel by Sheraton – are currently on sale. All proceeds will go through IM Group Foundation, which is currently fundraising for autistic children in Malaysia.
The Three Graces is inspired by Antonio Canova’s neo-classical nineteenth century marble sculpture. Guerra explained she was attracted to the story of the three daughters of Zeus, who were professed to be able to grant humanity with gifts; Euphrosyne (mirth), Aglaia (elegance) and Thalia (youth and beauty).
The art works, made from cement and recycled pieces of broken ceramics, symbolically carry a powerful message of global hope, Guerra explained. “The pandemic has had a tremendous impact on everyone at a psychological and professional level. The Three Malaysia Graces show that, even from broken pieces, we can rebuild a beautiful tomorrow.”
Guerra added that there was a connect that evolved strongly in her to produce a very personal work as a woman; as a sister, daughter and mother, to represent strength, courage and determination, more than mirth, elegance and beauty – the mother of a nation, if not the world – who carries the generations to come. “The 3 Graces of Malaysia — Siti, Ah Lian and Shanti – represent the women of our nation tied by the harmony, cultural and racial diversity of our country.”
Guerra: The Three Graces is inspired Antonio Canova’s neo-classical nineteenth century marble sculpture
The erstwhile Inkmaker Group, rebranded as IM Group, has a combined strength of brands such as Inkmaker, Rexson, Vale-tech, Swesa, Teko and Tecnopails, offering process-engineering solutions — within the industries of paint, coatings, ink, speciality-chemicals, adhesives, corrugated packaging, food packaging, pharma, cosmetic, and textiles.
The IM Group Foundation has planned a host of initiatives and activities of working within the communities where it operates globally in 2021.