I am part of Project Glocal and for this leg of the exhibit, I made a suitcasefilled with small objects with divisions like a doll house and objects that can be found in a house too. My work is a reflection of how we are all citizens of the world, and wherever we are regardless of race or country, we meet kind people who nurture us and treat us as family or who'll make us feel at home. It's as if all that we need to survive really can fit into a suitcase.
Title: At Home
Year: 2012 (The exhibition happened while I was away from home)
I am part of the residency for this year's Koganecho Bazaar in Yokohama. I've been here for about 7 days now and I am overwhelmed with the things that I've seen. Here are some highlights of my stay so far.
Our area is near the river which I'm so in love with. I would walk here almost every afternoon.
And on my first day, I found this beautiful bookshop.
I've never seen a jellyfish as big as a plate until now.
My most recent work. It's for the exhibit Habit Forming which is part of Project Glocal a project curated by Dayang Yraola. Project Glocal features artists from Manila, Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok.
The rain didn't dampen our spirits. The place was jam-packed and filled with good vibes.
The red houses on top is my very first installation piece.
And I had a very special guest. The little girl is Liv, who is the daughter of my friends Kat and Joel. She's super smart and so cute! I love her to bits! The bunny she's holding is Bunny-bun-bun.
The people outside were jamming using folk instruments. So this is me and Liv jamming with them, she loved playing the gong!
These sculptures by Agnes Arellano are love. I really want one!
Closer shot of my collaboration with Ling. She made the house and we used my father's crutches as legs of the house. I also made those jackstone sculptures.
Here's another piece that we made. From our collab Once upon a time.
Ling and me
If you’re seeking refuge, it’s not in the Curved House. The home as a domain that is generally attributed to women is without conflict or terror. Rather, it houses one’s most intimate fears and fragile psyche, nurturing both peace and unrest, dreams and nightmares.
Curved House depicts of an unsafe place where violence, power struggle and distress are exposed and executed through the manipulation of different media, from organic to found objects, to marble dust, acrylic on canvas and printed word. The particular usage of familiar yet foreboding objects and symbols is a challenge to the spatial and habitual experience of a household—misplaced doors without keys, an empty nest, a tower of books, a plate of broken glass, a room remade from memory, a spider out in the open, a web of chaos, portraits of restless faces and a display of the male phallus.
After two years of conceptualization, Curved House finally debuts as an exposition of personal ordeals and disconcerting visions of twenty four women participants namely, Ambie Abano, Agnes Arellano, Marika Constantino, Kiri Lluch Dalena, Maan de Loyola, Racquel de Loyola, Rica Estrada, Karen Flores, Lian Ladia, Cathy Lasam-Ballo, Lea Lim, Kat Medina, Eden Ocampo, Siddharta Perez, Alma Quinto, Ling Quisumbing Ramilo, Dang Sering, Bru Sim, AJ Tolentino, Mimi Tecson, Lia Torralba, Teta Tulay, Josephine Turalba, and Con Cabrera, curator of the show.
The Blanc Compound opens the exhibition on June 2, 2012, reception starts at 6pm. Curved House is on view until June 23, 2012. The Blanc Compound is located at 359 Shaw Blvd. Interior Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City. A curator's walkthrough and artists talk is scheduled on June 16, 3 to 6 pm.