When the sea calms and turns silent, a sense of calmness descended on me. The voyage ahead does not seem so daunting after all.
Acrylic on Canvas
50cm x 40cm

The Journey

This painting is about my journey, my strength, and my struggle to rebuild my life and fit into society. The journey ahead will not be smooth sailing. Just like a boat leaving the harbour encountering storms and rough seas, so will I face trials and tribulations, rejections, and difficulties along the way. But I have an awakening hope within. I believe in the blessings to come for being patient. As long as I don’t give up, with an iron will and dogged determination, I can achieve a decent lifestyle, realise my aspirations, secure a bright future, and achieve my goals in life.

While serving time, I have learnt the fundamentals of life, to be more patient, calm, and composed in bringing out my creativity. With this perspective, the colour combination, colour tone and contrast of my works changes to create a composition where I can express my unique vision, energy and emotions in a positive, constructive colourful way. It reflects the way I want to colour my life, with a total change.

My aspiration is to make my life more meaningful and colourful. I hope to contribute more to help others, to bring happiness to others, my family and society. I would love to pursue Art and attend religious classes as well as to go to Haji.

I hope this inspires you in this period too. For those affected by COVID-19, I pray you will recover soon. Be strong, be safe, and I hope lives will resume as normal soon. For the heroes serving the country and fighting COVID-19; the healthcare workers, volunteers and the frontline workers, we salute you and admire your sacrifice, dedication, hospitality and support. We are forever grateful. In this difficult moment, may our hearts unite with patience, understanding, kindness and empathy. We shall each do our best to help others, cooperate, be responsible and sensible. God bless you.  

*Names have been changed to protect their identity

In partnership with Yellow Ribbon Project, selected artworks created by inmates from Visual Arts Hub (VAH) are showcased to represent the overcoming of adversity, instilling hope and to encourage the community not to give up during uncertain times.

The featured artworks can be adopted by members of the public. All proceeds will go to the Yellow Ribbon Fund in support of the rehabilitation of ex-offenders. If you are interested, kindly contact Ms Carol Ho at Carol_HO@yellowribbon.gov.sg for more information.

The Yellow Ribbon Project (YRP) is a national public engagement campaign aimed at changing society’s mindset in giving ex-offenders a second chance in life. The community initiative aims to create awareness of the need to give second chances to ex-offenders, generate acceptance of ex-offenders and their families in the community, and inspire community action to support the rehabilitation and reintegration of ex-offenders into society.  

For more information about YRP, visit their website at https://www.yellowribbon.gov.sg