2019 UOB Painting of the Year

Tug of War: My Homeland

2019 UOB Painting of the Year
Established Artist Category


Artist: Cheng Yen Pheng
Title: Tug of War: My Homeland
Medium: Mixed media on mulberry pulp paper (Grass roots stitching, thread and wood)
Size (cm): 95 x 130

Tug of War: My Homeland depicts the struggle faced by her homeland, Malaysia. The struggle from trying to achieve the right balance between deliberation and decision, and how this can impact unity and harmony. The sense of toil and struggle is illustrated through a tug-of-war. The artist uses lalang (weeds) roots within the outline of a map of Malaysia to suggest how disagreement and debate from different factions in the country is the root cause of discord across Malaysia. She uses mulberry pulp to make the paper as the canvas for this intricate artwork.

Artist’s Bio

Cheng Yen Pheng

Cheng Yen Pheng

Ms Cheng graduated from the Dasein Academy of Art with a Diploma in Fine Arts in 2004. She was shortlisted as a finalist in the Bakat Muda Sezaman (Young Art Contemporary) competition at the National Art Gallery of Malaysia in 2014 and has participated in many solo and group exhibitions locally and internationally.