Malisa Suchanya&

Pull Me From Dark Waters

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Pull Me From Dark Waters, © 2020
Acrylic on Wood Panel
16 x 16 x .5 in

Signed on Back


This work was included in the "Through the Looking-Glass" group exhibition at Voss Gallery (August 5 - September 5, 2020).

"2020 has been a particularly difficult year and during the lockdown, I had dived deep into very dark thoughts. Consumed by stress, fear, and a lack of hope, I found myself wanting to sleep and never wake up.

But thankfully, I am surrounded by people who have invested so much love in me. I had my art to turn to and a will to work through really challenging thoughts.

'Pull Me out of Dark Waters' is a direct reflection of that struggle. it's deceptively serene with the only hint of darkness hiding in the lack of warmth in the skin tones. The main figure is mostly cold and lifeless but a pair of warm hands slowly pull her past the surface and return some of that warmth to her face.

This piece, as painful as it was to put together, brings me a lot of hope. It shows me that even in my weakness, even if there are times I have no strength to hold myself up, I can trust the ones I love to pull me back. It's one of the reasons I'm still here after all." Malisa Suchanya


Malisa Suchanya is an Oakland based Illustrator born and raised in Singapore. She finds joy in reflecting her world and the human experience, capturing moments that are oftentimes overlooked. Drawing from personal experiences, a meditation on relationships and the celebration of the beauty of the human body are all reoccurring themes in her work. She has a strong attraction to natural and organic subjects, using art as a platform to creating dialogues between life and death, man and nature, peace and conflict. Using watercolors, gouache, and graphite as her main medium, she remains a lover for traditional art in a technological age.


Artwork is ready to hang on the wall (nail needed). Dust with a microfiber cloth to clean.


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