Muhammad Masuri bin Mazlan, a LASALLE BA(Hons) Fine Arts student, was conferred the International Takifuji Art Award for his installation What The Water Gave Me. Employing unconventional materials, Masuri poured layer upon layer of pigmented gypsum into moulds. By altering the curing time of each plaster layer, the chromatic tones of the gypsum merged with one another as time passed. What The Water Gave Me usurped the conventional idea that a sculptural work has to be completed when it is presented.
Into its 38th year, the International Takifuji Art Award was established to foster young artists who held potential to become cultural influencers. Masuri was in Japan to receive his award with 21 other recipients from renowned institutions such as Central Saint Martins, UK; Musashino Art University, Japan; École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, France; and ArtCenter College of Design, USA. The day prior, he visited CREARE Atami-Yugawara Studio with his peers and partook in ceramic relief and stained glass workshops.