(B. Kedah, 1962)
Razak Series – Green Book Planning, 2014
Mixed media installation
125 x 125 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
SOLD – RM 20, 160
Although Zulkifli Yusoff is notable for the wit and dry humour that comes with his artworks, this piece is distinctively different. The technique is still as flawless as usual, his abstract art on point and execution remarkable, but his social and political commentary (something that is omnipresent in his works) takes on a more serious note this time.
At first glance, it may come across as an ambiguous piece of art, but if one looks closely, it begins to make sense. Relating the piece to its title, it is a jibe at politics. The Green Book was planned by a former prime minister, to revolutionise the agriculture sector (parts of the speech is wound around this ‘bowl’), and perhaps, a rough translation would be that we are now eating our own words. Nevertheless, this installation is eye-catching and the meticulousness that Zulkifli has employed here is astounding, in terms of details and design. For this piece and all the other pieces in Zulkifli Yusoff’s Razak Series, he began to employ the use of moulds to create installations such as this gem.