Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 31 August, 2021.
Malaysian-born artist Alice Chang Guerra, owner of Lai Lai Art Studio and Chair of IM GROUP Foundation, has revealed her latest artwork and initiative: “The Three Graces of Malaysia” to coincide with Malaysia’s 64th year of independence and to raise funds for children in need.
The three two-metre-high sculptures, currently on show in an exhibition—with fellow artist Datuk Luciano Mirri at Kuala Lumpur’s Four Points Hotel by Sheraton—are currently on sale. All proceeds will go through IM GROUP FOUNDATION, which is currently fundraising for autistic children in Malaysia.
Inspired by Antonio Canova’s neoclassical nineteenth century marble sculpture—“The Three Graces”—Guerra explained she was attracted to the story of the three daughters of Zeus, who were professed to be able to grant humanity with gifts; Euphrosyne (mirth), Aglaia (elegance) and Thalia (youth and beauty). “I felt a connection that evolved strongly in me to produce a very personal work, as a woman; as a sister, daughter and mother—able to grant more than mirth, elegance and beauty but to represent strength, courage and determination—the mother of a nation, if not the world, who carries the generations to come,” specified Guerra, “The 3 Graces of Malaysia—Siti, Ah Lian and Shanti—represent the women of our nation tied by the harmony, cultural and racial diversity of our country.”
The art works, made from cement and recycled pieces of broken ceramics, symbolically carry a powerful message of global hope, as Alice explained “…the pandemic has had a tremendous impact on everyone at a phycological and professional level. The Three Malaysia Graces show that, even from broken pieces, we can rebuild a beautiful tomorrow.”
The recently rebranded IM GROUP (previously Inkmaker Group) which, with its combined strength of brands: Inkmaker, Rexson, Vale-tech, Swesa, Teko and Tecnopails offers total process-engineering solutions—within the industries of paint, coatings, ink, speciality-chemicals, adhesives, corrugated packaging, food packaging, pharma, cosmetic, textiles and more—has a host of initiatives and activities, planned by IM GROUP Foundation for 2021, of working within the communities where it operates globally.
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About IM GROUP
Formed in Italy in 2021, IM GROUP (Formerly Inkmaker Group) is the holding brand of: Inkmaker, Rexson, Vale-tech, Swesa, Teko and Tecnopails. With its combined strength the group offers total process-engineering solutions within the industries of paint, coatings, ink, speciality-chemicals, adhesives, corrugated packaging, pharma, food, cosmetic, textiles and more. IM GROUP, with its brands, operates with its own staff and offices in over 15 countries over 5 continents.
About Inkmaker Worldwide
Inkmaker, is the founding member of IM GROUP. It was formed in Italy in 1987 and is a global manufacturer of integrated dispensing systems that improve efficiency by automating the process of ink, paint and chemical dispensing and mixing. Inkmaker’s proprietary software and systems, manufactured in three continents, guarantee highly accurate colours consistently, precisely and instantly. Inkmaker operates with its own staff and offices in over 15 countries over 5 continents.
About Rexson Systems
Established in 1984, Rexson is a privately-owned British brand of automated dispensers that are widely used in the paint and coatings and liquid ink industry, as well as the industries of cosmetics, food, oils, pharmaceuticals and speciality chemicals. Materials can be liquid, gels or paste, hazardous, caustic, flammable or have thixotropic rheology. Rexson has offices in Europe, North America, Latin America and The Netherlands and a global network of regional sales and support partners
Established in 1985 Vale-Tech, previously a subsidiary of Rexon, is a British brand of ink dispensing systems for the worldwide printing industry. Vale- Tech employs a team of engineers dedicated to the design and build of innovative products incorporating the latest technology focused on narrow web and paste-ink dispensing systems. Vale-Tech has created a network of loyal customers via global offices and support partners.
Formed in Germany in 1994, Swesa, is a privately owned and independent German manufacturer specialised in customised automated dosing-systems for the food packaging, office furniture, tissues and heavy-duty corrugated packaging industries. Swesa machines are customisable and explosion risk (ATEX) certified. Its headquarters are in Eltville am Rhein, Germany and has a global network of regional and international clients and support partners.
Established in 2013, Teko is a privately-owned solutions partner specialised in; Point-of-Sale systems and integrated solutions combining engineering with chemistry. Based in Malaysia and Indonesia, Teko supports all the Inkmaker Group brands through its network of regional sales and support partners.
Established as LAVELLI e C in 1974, Tecnopails, is a privately owned and independent Italian manufacturer of customised modular automated filling, sealing, labelling and palletising machinery—for pails, buckets and cans—that is widely used in the ink, paint and coatings industry, as well as the industries of food and speciality chemicals. Tecnopails’ machines are explosion risk (ATEX) certified. Its headquarters are in Piacenza in Emilia Romagna, Northern Italy with a global network of regional and international clients and support partners.