“You should never let your fears prevent you from doing what you think is right.” – Aung San Suu Kyi, 1991 Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Happy International Women’s Day! March 8th is a day to celebrate the women, both past and present, that have made important contributions to society, particularly in fighting for equality and freedom.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, today’s blog post features the beloved Aung San Suu Kyi, a Burmese Nobel Peace Prize winning politician and activist who was detained under house arrest for 15 years for trying to bring democracy and human rights into the country. In 2012, Aung San Suu Kyi and members of her National League for Democracy party were elected in to the Burmese parliament.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s determination and strength is truly inspiring and has inspired Malaysian artist, Hong Yi, to create a portrait of the charismatic politician with 2000 carnations. The 11.5 ft x 14.75 ft portrait was made with freshly cut white carnations dyed with red food dye. Each flower was held in plastic cups with different dilutions of dye.
Hong Yi has worked with many mediums from coffee to socks, but she chose flowers for this project because Aung San Suu Kyi is always pictured with flowers in her hair, probably because her father used to tie flowers in her hair before he was assassinated. Moreover, they symbolize beauty and life. The portrait is a celebration of life. The colour red was chosen because it represents love, passion, sacrifice and blood- all the things that ASSK stands for.
The artist hopes that the portrait will show Aung San Suu Kyi how much her people love and respect her. The portrait took 40 hours to complete and was left on display for 5 days before the flowers wilted.