BAGUIO

PILIPINAS  (Philippines)

16-panel work, oil stick & oil pastel on school maps of the Philippines, each panel 23 x 30cm, overall 180 x 207cm, collection the artist
First exhibited in Political Expletives, CPM, Murwillumbah, NSW, 1999

Background: I met and befriended Roberto Villanueva at the 1993 Asia Pacific Triennial in Brisbane where he & Santiago Bose, (vice-president and founding member, respectively, of the Baguio Arts Guild), represented the Philippines. He responded positively to my work and invited me to apply for the Artist Exchange Program of the Guild for the following year. This work is the result of that exchange. It makes reference to popular culture and mythology, to legacies of colonialism, to technology and the forces of nature, and to deprivation and hope.

On a trail of contradictions, a journey is documented, retrospectively, in fragments, which make up the whole.
In part, participant of the 1994 Baguio Arts Festival and Exchange Artist with the Baguio Arts Guild, in part cultural researcher, I spent two months in the Philippines. Because of a destructive tidal wave, which occurred during this time, I also became involved with a group of artists and participated in conducting art workshops for children displaced by this catastrophic natural disaster. Some of the resulting images are ‘lifted’ from the images created by these children.
These oil stick images made in 1997 are overlaid on school maps of the Philippines and refer to popular culture and mythology, to legacies of colonialism, to technology and brutal forces of nature, and to ever-present deprivation and hope.
The work is dedicated to those who inspired and touched me and to those in need.