Histories of Art II: Visual Response Proposal

Chosen subject: Indian Buddhism

Group Mates: Chio Jo Inng, Alfred Yeo, Evangeline Ng, Lu Jia Xian

Museum Visited: Asian Civilisation Museum
Chosen Object: Gateway Bracket with four shalabhanjikas


Some cheeky snapchats I took when we visited the ACM! 😛

“Wanna be on top”- America’s next top model reference, haha.

You can identify Yakshi by her huge bosom, curvy figure and excessive pieces of jewellery.

We decided to appropriate this particular sculpture that we saw at the Asian Civilisation Museum.

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Yakshi was traditionally considered a goddess of fertility because of her figure. However, in a modern context, such a voluptuous body would be linked to the idea of sexuality rather than fertility and baby making.

Modern interpretation

From what I have found, one of the modern interpretations was the Malampuzha Yakshi recently refurbished by Kanayi Kunhiraman, but was first created in 1969.


As you can see it presents her really provocatively from my viewpoint.

Our Proposal

We thought it would be interesting to remove Yakshi from her past context to bring across the exploitation of a woman’s body for sexual purposes. To make this point stronger, we decided to create a FHM cover featuring Yakshi.


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Author: Alfred Yeo

Every colour has a mood, every design has a purpose, and every word communicates something.

One thought on “Histories of Art II: Visual Response Proposal”

  1. Interesting visual response.
    Good find for the case study–Could it also be a birthing position?
    Have other contemporary artists responded to your issue? (no necessarily through the same object, but the same point you are trying to make)
    So, in other words, your main point is to convey the many powers of a female body? To displace the modern/contemporary emphasis on sexuality?
    What is FHM? Do all covers of the FHM look the same? Do a visual analysis/comparison of FHM covers from Jan-April 2016.

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