send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such
is the duty of the artist."
"What art offers is space - a certain breathing
room for the spirit."
"Sam's Dyetik method is to Batik what our modern
computers are to the abacus."
Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor
"Dyetik is an indelible part of our Malaysian
heritage. It inspires us to preserve it."
"Art invokes strong emotions and connects souls
DREAMS are often fleeting, but with
Sam Karuna, it is anything but. He has nurtured his
dream of becoming a fine arts batik master for over
35 years now and doesnt intend to stop.
Dyetik involves placing little
dots on the material to form the desired image, à
la Pointillism (a technique developed by Georges Seurat
in the late 19th century). The result is a uniform mottled
surface glow that Sam effortlessly tweaks to incorporate
depth and dimension to his paintings. Unlike traditional
batik techniques, he uses relatively less wax and more
dye in his works.
This technique requires the use of
a fine brush to paint the dye onto the fabric, a process
"Dyetik is an indelible part
of our Malaysian heritage. It inspires us to preserve
it," said Sam during the launching of his solo
exhibition called The Eternal Dream -- Dyetik (Batik)