Shahrul Hisham Ahmad Tarmizi
The harbinger
1920px x 1080px, 30 fps Animation
2020

The heroic persona is a source that I have frequently imagined and evoked in the embodiment of a Malay hero. I symbolized my quest as the eternal journey known as life. Thus I recreated the image portrayed in ‘Bomoh Hujan’, painted by Jailani Abu Hassan in 2004 into my own interpretation. An animation resembling myself as a mage or shaman hovering in the air interprets into being a ‘pendeta’. Pendeta in mythological Malay narratives means someone who is very knowledgeable. My hands in this work hypnotically become a mantra, beating the air indirectly creating gusts of wind, causing the coin to revolve.


‘The Harbinger’ metaphorically assimilates myself as a ‘mechanical tool’ that belongs to the missionaries of myth, and ultimately, to contemplate the greatness of Allah S.W.T.