Artist: James Chiew
Title: Im Rich
Technique: photography / mixed media / high gloss resin
The artwork titled “I’m Rich” by artist James Chiew is a mixed media piece, featuring photography and high gloss resin finish. It measures 180x80cm and depicts a woman smoking with the phrase “I used to have drugs and alcohol problems long time ago” next to her against an abstract background. Next to this phrase is the statement “Now I am Rich”.
The image of the smoking woman represents her troubled past, with vices and problems related to drugs and alcohol. The phrase “I’m Rich” is an assertion that she has overcome these issues and achieved wealth, perhaps not just in financial terms, but also in her personal and emotional life.
The high gloss resin technique used in the artwork gives it a polished and sophisticated appearance, contrasting with the somewhat raw and realistic nature of the smoking woman image. The combination of real-life elements with an abstract background adds depth and complexity to the piece, inviting the viewer to reflect on themes of overcoming adversity and achieving wealth in their own lives.