Artist and the Big C

By Ooi Kok Chuen

July 2021 PENANG PALETTE
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SO FAR THIS year, the Big C has snatched away two prominent Malaysian artists, coincidentally both Penangborn: self-taught Sylvia Lee Goh, who was based for a long time in KL, and artist-educator Dr. Grace Choong Ai May.Sylvia, aged 80, had Stage 2 breast cancer and Stage 4 lung cancer; and Grace, aged 52, had brain cancer. Both Sylvia and Grace had Peranakan Baba-Nyonya roots and are known for their paintings of the unique Chinese-Malay fusion of food, fashion, mannerisms and...

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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.


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