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Netflix 2023 Chinese New Year Collection Features Malaysian Artist’s Papercut Artwork
In the spirit of togetherness and to mark the launch of Netflix’s 2023 Lunar New Year collection, Malaysian paper-cutting artist Eten Teo has created an intricate piece highlighting a family’s Chinese New Year celebrations.
Teo’s papercut piece marks the first time a physical artwork is digitised to be featured on a local moment on Netflix — a specially-curated collection of titles that celebrates seasonal moments or social events that are important to local audiences. In addition to Malaysia, Teo’s artwork will also be spotlighted on the Netflix platform in Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Vietnam.
Spot the children writing couplets while watching their favourite show on Netflix, mum trying to balance her tray as she tries to stop the lion kitty from lunging at the TV, and more familiar CNY celebration scenes in the artwork.
The piece, which took Teo a week to complete, revolves around the word ? (fú, meaning “fortune” or “good luck”) and is meant to represent the blessings and happiness surrounding the festivities. He also put some of his fondest memories onto paper with his latest work, as some of the scenes are directly inspired by his personal childhood experiences celebrating Chinese New Year with his family.
“Every CNY, the adults at home will be busy with the required preparations, and children will write couplets to decorate the home. As a child, I was the one helping to decorate and arrange the decorations. Although my family can be a bit chaotic, it is actually a very warm scene. Getting together for the new year is a very happy occasion for me,” he said.
Teo also considers the piece as a milestone in his craft, as it is “different from (his) previous style of work”. Further elaborating on his process, he said, “It is not the most neat and perfect in terms of technical aspects, but it shows the different movements and expressions of each character. When it’s placed in the context of paper-cutting art, it’s a relatively new art style.”
Curious to see how the delicate piece came together? Check out this behind-the-scenes look at how the paper-cutting sifu created his highly-detailed artwork on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, and Twitter.
Teo’s creation serves as the centrepiece for Netflix’s 2023 Lunar New Year slate, which showcases a curated and diverse collection of classic and new titles to the theme of A Time for Togetherness. From laugh-out-loud comedies and heartwarming family fare to action-packed blockbusters and award-winning hits, there is sure to be something for everyone.
You can head over to www.netflix.com/888 for the collection of CNY classics and fan-favourite blockbusters.
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