A Cross To Bear

(Fear You Not, For I Am With You)

Artwork details

Just like a quilt offers comfort and warmth to the wearer, so does this biblical quote consoles and reassures my father. “Fear you not; for I am with you.” Is his one of his favourite quotes from the Bible, Isaiah 41:10 and it is embroidered on this Scottish quilt. Fear is universal and inevitable. All of us deals with something that scares us. Faith is something that carries us through anything and comforts us when we are fearful.

The deconstruction of the tattered tartan skirts and kilt allows an emotional resonance in its physical reconstruction as a quilt. The hidden crosses brings to mind the existence of omnipresent God.

Quilt of Tartan-printed women’s skirts and a MacDonald family kilt (previously owned by a Jimmy MacDonald).

56” x 44.5”





Identifying as Bidayuh and working primarily with textile, Danald’s work is an exploration of femininity, mental health and recovery. Trained in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, Danald left her role as a Research & Development Engineer in 2017 to focus on her mental health. Through her journey of recovery, Danald rediscovered her initial life’s dedication – her commitment to working with the less fortunate and people with disabilities through visual arts. She helped adults with disabilities and taught art therapy during her residency at Asia Community Services’ Stepping Stone, Penang, and volunteered to teach remedial classes at St Mary’s Primary School, Kuching, in 2019. Currently, she’s an art teacher at Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur.

Danald is the Winner of Spotlight 2019 by Penang Art District and Malaysia Emerging Artist Award Finalist 2019. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Kuching, Penang and Kuala Lumpur. AYE : Across Sarawak and Scotland is her first solo exhibition.