Miriam Omar presents her first solo exhibition – Daydreams which is based on the artist’s distorted memories, imagination and daydreams. The collection comprise of artworks and tapestry which are heavily inspired by her love for flora and the nature. The artworks showcases a range of landscapes including the gardens, meadows, jungles – spaces and scenes that evoke a sense of peace and serenity for the artist. Women wearing an array of textile and traditional Malaysian garments are also featured in certain artworks that symbolises support, strength and the feeling of home, familiarity and heritage.
Omar first conceptualised the exhibition amidst the height of the Covid-19 lockdown as a way to cope with her anxieties and struggles; by daydreaming, that is, transporting herself into her inner world, she is able to achieve respite from the difficulties and challenges of reality. The show Daydreams can therefore be experienced as a manifestation of the artist’s mind-palace, a “place” she visits to be at peace, to let go, to feel loved and to be supported. It is concurrently a love story to the self to heal and cleanse the spirit; but also, a fantasy story of escaping from hardships, boredom and loneliness.
“Daydreams is a culmination of places I want to visit, feelings I want to feel, people I want to meet, blended with places I have been to, emotions I have felt, and people I know. To me, daydreaming is not about ‘running away’, but a reminder on the importance of self care, self love and support in times of turbulence and uncertainty.” ~ Miriam Omar
Daydreams will run from 28 November 2022 to 7 January 2023. In addition to the artworks, exclusive merchandises, including Mirro’s Garden Journal, a wire-bound notebook made in collaboration with ana tomy and ZHAN Art | Space, will be made available during the exhibition. @mirronotes, an extension of the artist’s work, will also be on display. It will be a combination of published and unpublished quotes, which centers around the themes of self love, growth, boundaries and rest.