Siti Mariah Jackson
Title: Under the canopy of the Oak tree
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 16in (W) x 20in (H)
“Under the canopy of the Oak tree” 2014, oil on canvas, 16” x 20”
“Rendezvous at Mystic Seaport” 2014, oil on canvas, 16” x 20”
I have been living in the USA for more than 30 years since 1986. I left Malaysia for the USA after I received a Federal Teaching Scholarship from the Ministry of Education, Malaysia to pursue my art degree and career. In 1988, I earned a Master of Arts Degree in Art Education from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana, Illinois.
My artwork is a reflection of my multi-cultural influences from Malaysia and the USA as well as my great travels around the world. My recent paintings titled, “Rendezvous at Mystic Seaport” and “Under the canopy of the Oak tree” are based on my memorable trips with my husband, artist Brian J. Sullivan to Iowa City, Iowa – the Hawkeye State, the only UNESCO City of Literature and to Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, the largest and a unique picturesque 40-acre American Maritime Preservation Shipyard and Museum which harbored more than 500 magnificent historic ships since 1600s, including elegantly-built whaling vessels and fishing boats.
I utilized my own photographs, other reference materials and staged my dominant figures and various objects, set in an atmospheric space within a serene environment. It is very important for me to capture not only the expression of closeness to the hearts and the feeling of love between a man and a woman, but also to translate their moods, inner souls and moments of interaction.
Whatever the interpretation is, my art work is created in an ambiguous style and in a representational manner. I also strive to reveal an appreciation of beauty that evokes poetic expression and incites some degree of emotional response among the viewers.
“A moment in Time: The Artworks of Siti Mariah Jackson” Illinois Central College, Peoria, Illinois, USA.
“After… Forbidden Fruit” art show, Wind, Water and Light Gallery, Urbana, Illinois, USA.
“Beyond Siti’s Diary” Clark-Lindsey Village, Urbana, Illionis, USA.
“Siti’s Diary and Beyond” art show and book signing, Conservatory of Fine Arts, Penang, Malaysia.
“Siti’s Diary” art show and book signing, Asian American Cultural Center, University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, USA.
Angkatan Pelukis Kedah (APK) art show, Aman Central, Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia.
“(En) GENDERING CULTURE” in conjunction with Boneyard Arts Festival, Asian American Cultural Center and Women’s Resources Center, University of Illinois, USA.
“ALUNAN dan BAYANGAN,” Angkatan Pelukis Kedah (APK) annual art show, Kedah State Art Gallery, Malaysia.
“Our Heritage: Back to Our Roots” art show, Asian American Cultural Center, Champaign/Urbana, University of Illinois, USA.
“Her Presence in Colors” Modern Art Gallery of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
“Many Cultures: One Community” International Artists art exhibition, Asian American Cultural Center, University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, USA.
“Color of Cultures” International Artist Group (IAG) art show, dance and music in conjunction with Boneyard Arts Festival, Amara Yoga and Arts, Urbana, Illinois, USA.
“Her Presence in Colors X” Ho Chi Minh City Art Museum, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.