LOOSE: Musings of Women Who Have Lost it
I recently participated at a local exhibit at Mr Griddle Studio Space from May 12-26 2018. My fellow exhibiting artists are all my peers in the Cebuano illustration and design scene. In celebration of mental health month, we present LOOSE; an exhibit exploring those moments when the bolts in our heads loosen up and we set our emotions free.
To present the aim and concept of the show, here is our artist statementt:
There exists a whole collection of art and literature on the nature of women as muses, prizes, and objects of desire; supplemented by another library on the constrictve societal expectations of women and her duties in the household, of which acting against them, she is labeled a heretic. Surely, it wouldn't be such a surprise that solely being a woman in the world would simply drive anybody insane. And thus, the quote "women are crazy" is easily common knowledge.
However, we are not here to show otherwise. We are definitely crazy, but not without reason. We are as human as everybody else, and we have moments that push us beyond our limits. In celebration of mental health month, we present LOOSE; an exhibit exploring those moments when the bolts in our heads loosen up and we set our emotions free. Minds wandering in an uneasy weather wherein the strange musings come in. Unable to speak through words, choosing to speak through our images.
The concept of this show was set by us, the exhibiting artists, Maddy "Astraberry" Boone-Migallos, Kring "The Drawer Kring" Demetrio, Evalu Olivar and Jan Sunday Quilaquil, earlier this year. Our aim is to give a glimpse of the female mind through visual art, whether as the muse, the saint, the mother or the witch--women who, in one way or another, have lost their wits.
The show was accepted with an overwhelming warmth from the audience. A reflective review of the event was covered by Nosy, and a thorough coverage was published in the local paper by Sunstar CEBU Weekend.
My pieces for the show are about visualizations of my personal monsters, created through my own mental illness as well as reactions to recent personal episodes. Being clinically diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder I, made me realize that I can either dismiss or befriend my demons. The friendly approach doesn't always end well but it does give me inspiration to channel dark thoughts into drawing or art. I am actually very happy that some people who saw my work for the show could relate with the experience. I will continue to draw the monsters, beautiful or otherwise.
Needless to say, my friends and I couldn't express enough gratitude for the support and warm welcome our audience gave us. We are hoping to do it again, soon!
To view all the pieces and documentation from the show, view them on my instagram highlights.