collage & oil paint
12″ x 12″
“This painting is based on the feeling of being neither here nor there, in a constant limbo state between countries and nationalities. As the son of a Filipino immigrant mother and an American military father, I’m accustomed to the cyclical relocation process, leaving countries before planting roots.
The collage of airplane tickets, maps, family photos etc., represent the travel and constant flux of my life, while the abstract and impasto mark making symbolize chaos and the struggle to understand my new environments. The half rendered self portrait represents a ‘loading’ symbol for an undeveloped sense of the relationship between my surroundings and myself.”