We live in such an imperfect world filled with imperfect people, and yet, even in the midst of all these frailties and disarray, something beautiful and divine can still be found. There can still be order in midst of chaos, and harmony in dissonance.
My choice to work mainly with Sinamay fabric and Sterling board is largely inspired by both its physical properties and social significance. Unlike the traditional canvas and wood panels, the Sinamay’s rough open weave and several large knots, as well as the Sterling boards’ coarse and variegated wood pattern, create a space to explore the beguiling tension between chaos and order, distortion and perfection, harmony and dissonance. These nuances and seeming imperfections of the surface, alongside the rigid and straight lines that are later marked on the foreground, make the creative process an exciting journey. Each piece responds differently even to the same medium and technique. Sometimes it absorbs, other times it pushes back, generating a sense of uncertainty and anticipation that stimulates artistic experimentation and conversation along the creative journey.
Furthermore, Sterling board is a construction material that is typically used as support or under-layer for walls, floors and roof sheathing. It is generally left unseen after the final construction work is complete. We never see them and yet without them, some of the places we love and enjoy, or perhaps call home, may not actually exist. Using the Sterling board as centerpiece of the work is a celebration of the many unsung heroes in our lives - those who stay behind the scenes and generally go unnoticed, and yet are so essential in our daily lives.
Finally, Sinamay is handwoven by artisan weavers from the Philippines using Abaca fiber, a 100% eco-friendly material from the processed stalks of the Abaca tree, a banana palm native to the Philippines. My use of Sinamay is also a celebration of my Filipino heritage, allowing me to explore new grounds without ever losing touch with the place I first called home.