‘Bra art’ to get women to rethink their role

Artist Louise Low, pictured here with her car decorated using bras, hopes to get a permit to drive her decorated car around the island. — Bernama pic
Artist Louise Low, pictured here with her car decorated using bras, hopes to get a permit to drive her decorated car around the island. — Bernama pic

GEORGE TOWN, Aug 2 — One of Malaysia’s top 10 female visual artists aspires to bring about improvement in the stature of women through producing artworks that depict their determination, perseverance and optimism.

To this end, Louise Low Seok Loo, 30, has stretched her creativity to transform 1,000 brassieres of assorted colours into art, which she proudly displayed at the month-long George Town Festival launched yesterday.

Initially, she had hoped to draw public curiousity and attention to her mission by displaying her “Bra Art” on cars, motorcycles, bicycles, trishaws and hawker bikes.

“Unfortunately it is an offence to drive a decorative vehicle around without a permit. I will follow the proper procedure and hopefully get a permit from the police,” the KL-born artist told Bernama here today.

Her artworks are currently being displayed at the Hin Bus Depot Art Centre.

Low said her objective was to explore the sensitivity and familiarity of the public towards brassieres, while creating a standard to showcase art in Malaysia and promoting contemporary art in various forms.

“With such striking contradiction, I believe it will challenge the preconception of the general public towards women,” she said. “It also questions the stereotype of women in their positions and stimulates women to rethink their roles in society.”

Low said the artwork, which took about one month to complete, would also educate society, particularly the younger generation among the Chinese community, against superstition.

In Chinese culture, the woman’s undergarment was believed to bring bad luck when displayed indiscriminately.

Low last October introduced her “Fatal Attraction — The Bra Shark” artwork in a campaign to end violence against women. — Bernama