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Naiveté shows selected scenes from a resurgent age of innocence. It covers selected personal ponderings from a very specific vignette of the artist’s life starting from point A — the artist graduating from college with her new undergraduate degree in tow, and point B — her dropping out of a doctorate pursuit a few years later. What ensued was an immersive personal journey away from the artist’s general comfort zone (admittedly that typical of a privileged Manilenya’s), and into the belly of both traditionally conservative and atypical socio-political environments, explored in an attempt to better understand the inner workings of Philippine society, and to first-handedly discover the ever-expanding complexity (both innate and imposed) of the Filipino identity. Moreover, the show is a coming-to-terms with the clashing of the persistent academic scrutiny over spontaneous creative experience, in an effort to illuminate a more critical and holistic view of the world. This show is a narration of this continuing personal journey.
The exhibit is composed of a series of pyrography works — wood-burnt pieces — on pine parquet tinted with ink, dye, and stain. Circular shapes are dominant in this collection, intentionally representing an encasing of sorts — perhaps the entrapment within that perennial bubble.
The primary piece (titled Naïveté) shows a female figure in the fetal stage of human development. Bits and pieces of her head float about, a hand tightly grips a significant document, the nervous system seems to be centerpiece, and an umbilical cord connects to the outside world.
Unfold the rest of the scenes in the soon-to-unveiled pieces.
Show opens on August 17, 2019 (Saturday) at the Metro Gallery, Ortega St., San Juan. For inquiries, e-mail [email protected] or contact the gallery at [email protected]