Winnie, or her artist pseudonym ERYN, made the decision to do art full-time when she was pursuing her Master’s in Brunei — where she had resided since she was nine — as she had a realisation that she was not suited for the working life in an office setting. However, earning wages as a full-time artist has presented its challenges as she tried her best to balance both working in a local art gallery as well as a teaching job, which ultimately resulted in her art being neglected. She found her way back to Malaysia thereafter, determining to become an artist without the demands of a job. As compared to Brunei, Winnie states that Malaysia has better infrastructure for local visual artists as well as the opportunities for an emerging talent to exhibit their work at a gallery. The immense details of her work, though thoroughly revealing of her emotions and intentions, can be slightly taxing to wade through its complexity. She reveals that she has been reflecting on the question of simplifying her work for the better comprehension of others, even though she had started her illustration as a profoundly personal undertaking. Regardless, she enjoys people finding new elements in the intricacies of her art.
Check out her selected works below: