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.”
“This is a very gorgeous painting that shows both your proficiency at Trompe l’oeil painting and your technical finesse at materials. I find myself just getting lost in the movement of the piece, which is really lovely.
Your combination of several painting techniques in addition to collage reminds me of the artist Kerry James Marshall. I think you could get a lot out of his work. One of the things that he’s really good at is using his accomplishments with different painting techniques to accentuate the narrative that he’s working with.
The painting technique tells a story and I think that that could be the next step in your work if you’re using pieces like this. What does this kind of work mean? What concepts do you want to address in the image?
I think if you combine the two together you’ll have a really masterful piece of work and I’m excited to see that.”