Cross Thy Heart

Artwork details

“Cross my heart and hope to die” originated as a religious oath based on the symbol of the cross. Growing up, it was a very common phrase amongst the girls in my class and eventually turned into an overused way of girly promises. They would say to one another; swearing their best friends “to tell the truth and nothing but the truth”.

As I grew older, I realised that it became one of the most comforting phrases that I needed to hear. There is a sense of security and solace in someone solemnly assuring you that they are telling the truth. This piece comprises of 5 different weavings, arranged in a multitude of ways and shapes. There is a hidden figure in the weaving as a nod to one’s faith.

Donated fabric remnants from tailors, artificially-dyed cotton yarn, wool and thread

61” x 54”





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.