Painting Motion Pictures

By Ooi Kok Chuen

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Dukun, the movie poster and painting.
THE MEANDERING RIVER to the left of the sprawling countryside in the painting of actress Umie Aida references Leonardo da Vinci’s world-famous portrait, the Mona Lisa. Umie is shown with an unnerving scowl instead of the enigmatic smile of Mona Lisa, the luminescence of her (Umie’s) crimson blouse a contrast to the sinister tawny tones of the backdrop landscape. On the fourth finger of her left hand is a diamond ring, indicating her marital status.Umie’s character, Diana, in the controversial...

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Ooi Kok Chuen

is an art-writer and journalist, and the author of MAHSURI: A Legend Reborn (Ooi Peeps Publishing), an adult contemporary fantasy “movel” (a novel conceived as a mock movie) spun from a local legend.