A focus on female artists


Some people decide to follow the call of art at an early age; others, later in life, when circumstances allow it. This column takes a closer look at some female artists who have strong connections to Penang, and how art can bring fulfilment and comfort to the artist.

FOR NG KIM HEOH, 2010 presents new challenges and an uncertain future. After years of teaching and working her way up to the post of senior assistant in a secondary school in Penang, she opted for early retirement on Jan 1.

“It is early days still but it never entered my mind to go full-time,” said Kim (as she is better known), who graduated with a BA of Fine Arts (First Class Honours) from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in 1999, then obtained her Masters of Science there in 2002.

It took the sudden death of a friend, a member of the Penang Teachers Art Circle, in an accident in 2006 to jolt her out of her comfort zone.

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