The concept of this painting was created spontaneously – an idea that occurred to the artist while staying in a coffee shop and wanting to create something that would use her favorite subjects in painting: tribal women or enchanting creatures, and nature’s flora. The resulting image is that of a woman-cum-tree looking beyond with one eye and the other eye hidden among the leaves. This spontaneous idea paved way for the artist to realize her fixation on nature being one with a human being, or that of a human being molded with nature. The artist’s fixation is just like that eye in the painting being enchanted or fascinated with something beyond.
"The Hands of My Father"
(Ang Mga Kamot Sa Akong Amahan)
This painting is dedicated to the artist’s father, who is an OFW working in a cargo ship abroad. The artist’s father has been subjected to backbreaking work to provide for his family for over two decades, and this painting is a little offering to him. The artist feels that her father’s rugged hands, with its wounds and scars, are a symbol of his sacrifices in order to make his family flourish all throughout the years.
A blog post about this painting was written by the artist on this blog
"One With Earth "
The painting is that of a tribal woman touching the earth with her hands, and from it she becomes one and rooted with it. From it she grows in her own spirituality and ideas. She is one with nature, with modernity, and with the cosmos.
This painting is another expression of the artist’s fixation over the idea of human blending with nature. Elements of a tribal clothing worn by a woman-cum-flower is depicted on this painting. The sketch for this painting also comes from a sudden burst of an idea. There was no intention to come up with this kind of image, but the artist just followed the spontaneous idea that came to her mind and let her hand do the rest.
A video documenting the process of creating this painting can be found here.
Euphoria for the artist is seeing tribal dancers perform in the Indak Indak sa Kadalanan during Kadayawan Festival in Davao City. She wants to immortalize the fluid movements of dancers through this painting and celebrate this beautiful tradition that keeps appearing in her dreams at night.
“Palamuti” is born out of the spontaneous sketches of the artist in trying to decipher which patterns in culture she is highly fixated on. Wooden or abaca beads, the salakot, dreamcatchers, and geometric patterns are what moves her mind and hands to paint. Looking back at the final result, the artist thinks that she subconsciously painted planets and stars in the cosmos, while at first she only wanted to create the little beads and patterns she sees in the Mindanawon culture.
The sketch for this painting was made on a sudden burst of an idea. The artist wanted to focus on the pattern of the subject’s garment, but eventually realized that it looked like a marine creature amongst seaweeds or coral reefs.
The artist has always been fascinated with the loomweaving culture of the ethnic tribes of Mindanao (Dagmay weaving of the Mandaya tribe and the T’nalak weaving of the T’boli tribe). The artist may not be able to weave a tribal fabric herself, but she wants to give glory to this tradition through painting. As the T’boli women weave patterns of their dreams on the T’nalak, the artist paints her dreams with every brush stroke of coffee on paper.
"Push and Pull"
This painting was started two days before the blood moon that happened last October 8, 2014. The artist didn’t know that a blood moon was coming, and thought afterwards that perhaps she subconsciously painted the eclipse and the push and pull of the moon towards the earth’s oceans.
This one comes from the third drawing in a series of spontaneous sketches during one afternoon in October. The artist believes that there are some things in life that she is still not letting go of, and this might have been expressed in this artwork.
The fourth among the series of spontaneous sketches, this painting stems from the
idea of a farmer’s hands creating prosperity throughout the land.
This painting also comes from a session of spontaneous sketching. The artist realized that it’s another person-cum-flower in the making. The artist also considers herself as a wallflower even at such a young age.