Coolness! A former Intramuros tour guest of mine, Eric Bryant, just listed Manila-based gallery Silverlens and thier artist, Dina Gadia (above) as one of the “best” things about the 2011 Miama Pulse Art Fair. One of the Philippine gallery organizers told me that the writer “better appreciated the work daw because of what you talked about in your tour.” Awesomesauce. It seems all the mosquito bites and sweat of my walking tours is paying off and actually changing the way people see my Manila. Mabuhay ang Silverlens. Mabuhay ang Sining Pilipino. Click on the photo for the article.
Check out likha.tumblr.com for Filipino artists on their creative process! First up is Ambie Abaño, a printmaker.
Revamped likha.tumblr.com, now updating it to feature Filipino artists and their creative process. Go follow it! :)
As I am in love with printmaking, I had to feature a printmaker as the first artist for likha. I met Ambie three years ago, in my quest to find a printshop here in the Philippines. The best thing I remember about our first encounter was her comment on my decision to come back home to the motherland. She was one of the few who agreed with the decision, saying that here in the Philippines, “maslapat ang paa mo sa lupa.” So very true.
Thank you, Ambie, for graciously agreeing to be featured on likha. Dear followers, stay tuned for more Filipino artists and their creative process. Enjoy! -jo anne
1. What inspires you to create?
It is hard to say exactly or specifically what inspires me. I know for one thing that there is a certain ‘desire to respond to a calling’ (of sort) which precedes the act of creating. A desire to react to my reality – experience of my past and present environment, people and events, my thoughts, memories, observations, even illusions and questions that which hold some significance to my personal life, what I believe in and what I value. Such desire, I believe is something implanted in us by some greater power because we do not choose to desire – we just do. It is a gift. And so is the freedom to respond and how to respond to such desire.