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My First Solo Exhibition: A Journey of Art and Self-Discovery

In 2004, just two years after relocating from Malaysia to Copenhagen, I embarked on a journey that would forever alter my artistic path—my first solo exhibition. This adventure was sparked by a serendipitous encounter in Jogjakarta with Pia Poulsen, a Danish anthropology student who would later become my life partner.

Encounter and Relocation

Meeting Pia in Jogjakarta felt like destiny. Our connection led to my relocation to Copenhagen, a city that soon became a haven for my art. Denmark, with its abundant resources, turned out to be the perfect backdrop for my creative endeavors.

Artistic Environment in Denmark

As an artist who thrives on repurposing discarded materials, Denmark was a paradise. The streets offered a treasure trove of resources, from old curtains to used papers, all waiting to be transformed into art. This practice of sustainable creativity, which I had begun in Malaysia, seamlessly continued in Copenhagen.

Artistic Process and Materials

My approach to art involves using what others discard. Old curtains became canvases, used papers served as my palette, and salvaged chairs and tables were reborn as sculptures. This method not only fosters creativity but also mirrors the trial-and-error process of a scientist, where each experiment, whether successful or not, contributes to the overall journey.

Exhibition Details

My first solo exhibition took place at Rødovre Bibliotek. The showcase featured a variety of artworks, including collages, acrylic paintings, and readymades. The audience's reception was overwhelmingly positive, with many appreciating the unique blend of materials and the thought-provoking themes.

Inspirations and Challenges

Inspiration came from the mundane aspects of daily life and deep personal reflections. However, the journey was not without its challenges. Balancing the creative process with the practicalities of preparing for the exhibition was a constant struggle.

Significant Moments and Support

One of the most memorable moments was the opening night. The support from fellow artists was heartwarming. Sound artist Dario Paini performed on his saxophone, and Danish beatnik poet Ole Lillelund read his poems, adding layers of depth to the experience.

Personal and Professional Impact

This exhibition marked a significant milestone in my life. It spurred personal growth and opened new professional avenues. The experience underscored the importance of perseverance and the value of community support in the artistic journey.


Reflecting on this journey, I am reminded of how our consumption habits shape our identities. Whether it's a new flat-screen TV, a luxurious Bugatti, or an electric bicycle, our choices reflect our values and societal norms. Through my art, I hope to prompt others to reflect on their own consumption patterns and the impact they have on our world.

Embarking on my first solo exhibition was not just about showcasing art; it was a journey of self-discovery and growth. It taught me that creativity thrives in the most unexpected places and that our choices, big or small, define who we are.