Malaysian Artist Sets Up Solo Show In New York City Titled ‘Anak Dara’, Batik Art Selling For $4,000

Emilee Geist

Subscribe to our Telegram channel for the latest stories and updates. Malaysian-native artist Azzah Sultan has made her mark in New York City with beautiful Malaysian-inspired contemporary art presented at her first solo show titled ‘Anak Dara’. Although she is of Malaysian descent, she was born in Abu Dhabi and lived across […]

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Malaysian-native artist Azzah Sultan has made her mark in New York City with beautiful Malaysian-inspired contemporary art presented at her first solo show titled ‘Anak Dara’.

Although she is of Malaysian descent, she was born in Abu Dhabi and lived across Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Finland. She moved to New York at 16 years old. As such, she notes that staying in touch with her heritage has been a lifelong exercise.

Her solo show is titled ‘Anak Dara‘, which translates to virgin or maiden. This choice is intentional to explore the nuances of the term, which is loaded with assumptions and obligations as a Muslim and a person-of-colour living in the United States.

She noted that in her home country, Malaysia, she was seen as not Malay enough.

Making this work tied to my Malaysian culture, it isn’t for me to feel like I’m accepted by my culture, but for me to feel like I’ve accepted my culture myself as well.

Azzah Sultan to White Hot Magazine

For her Anak Dara showcase, she used batik fabric purchased in Penang and brought back to the US and drapes the fabrics together in artistic forms, adding hand-stitched effects or mixed paint to bring the art to life.

In this collection, she designed her pieces using silhouettes of her own hands in various Malaysian dance moves that we may find intimately familiar. Her pieces also make use of negative space woven in with batik fabric.

Her largest designs are three almost full-sized hand-stitched batik fabric with acrylic paint on canvas titled Melipat, featuring our traditional wear.



Spot the wildly familiar wooden tiled floors the art pieces are displayed on! (Credit: Trotter & Sholer )


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Spot the wildly familiar wooden tiled floors the art pieces are displayed on! (Credit: Trotter & Sholer )

These designs are on display and priced at $4,000 (around RM16,672) per piece!

There are not a lot of Muslim women doing art, so I felt the need to present myself in a certain way.

Azzah Sultan to White Hot Magazine

Congratulation to Azzah Sultan on her achievement! We hope to see more of her artistic endeavors and Malaysian-inspired art elsewhere!

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