You might be surprised to hear this but there is a downside on being part of Henry Sy‘s family. Yes, the business mogul who has built one of the biggest malls in the country may have given his loved ones all the luxuries in life but their great name can also cast a shadow they cannot easily escape from.
Nicole Coson is the 24-year-old granddaughter of Henry Sy and it is quite normal if she has had her fair share of critics. This young woman lived a relatively easy life compared to others – she had the best clothes, the best cars, and the best education.
But Nicole is proving that the amazing success she experiences as a visual artist has everything to do with her passion and talent, not her family’s influence. Metro Style has scored an exclusive interview with the hardworking artist during the opening show of her solo exhibit titled “Camouflage.”
She happily divulged the details of what it took for her to create her pieces. Nicole said that the camouflage design captured her interest because of the “history and meaning” it had. But it took a month to finish each piece which is why it took a long time to open the exhibit.
“Camouflage is basically an image of nature synthesized by computers. It’s a far cry from what nature really looks like; we’ve been fed this image again and again, and we perceive that as truth. I’m interested in natural forms, in simplifying them and condensing them into a painting.“
Her works were made with one machine called an etching press and she proudly says that in her studio, she owns one which is considered as one of London’s largest.
“If something fascinates me—like camouflage, the way we synthesize nature and paradise—I look into it. I reveal what makes it interesting by isolating certain features of it. After all, creating art is the same as documentary and film making. It’s about response, research, learning, obtaining more information, and giving it out there again.”
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What do you think about the different path that Henry Sy’s granddaughter chose to take? Can you say that Nicole has now come out of the shadow of her surname with the success of her exhibit? Share your thoughts, reactions, and opinions in the comments section below!