Sunday, April 1, 2012
Found this photo of me from 2007 (I think) while travelling with Pi and the Innerdance peeps in the PI. It was one amazing journey. I can't believe that it's already been 5 years since then. I can still vividly remember the texture of the Durian we ate in the back of the truck to Cotabato, the space ship house near Mt. Apo, the non-stop Innerdancing, the double rainbow in Makilala, the sacred sites, the river. Didn't realize it then, but this trip was the beginning of an unbelievable magical journey called, "the rest of my life."
I am very grateful for being here with everyone.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
It's my first time ever in LA. A city that's not really at the top of my list to explore. I do have my preconceived notions of this place
Although, this beautiful Venice Beach sunset is beginning to change my mind.
Many say that LA is a rough city. I've been living in SF for almost 2 years now and I'm so used to being super chill about my pace in life in general (or maybe I'm just getting older...) Everything seems to move slower there compared to other cities. Maybe, I move slower.
Anyway, don't you just love sunsets in whatever part of the world?!
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I've been out of the loop for a while and have been living in SF for over a year now. I remember coming here thinking that this place is a great opportunity to freely create art and healing. Learn and be inspired.
Set up my canvass, pop some paint tubes And have a glass of wine and just lose myself. Then on other days just keep learning. Learning more about my body and spirit and learn about others so I can stand as an advocate for others' learning and healing as well.
I guess I never got over my romantic artistic visions and dreams. Perhaps it will always be like this for me in one degree or another. I am constantly yearning for inspiration for my busy little brains cells and heart that never seem to get enough of the stimulation this life and this world provide.
I am overwhelmed by the tremendous amount of inspiration here. From movements and mini revolutions happening in every single corner of the Bay. I'm not sure what to make of it yet. More questions come to me more than ever. Some things more confusing than clarifying. I've been evolving and is constanly being inspired and I'm grateful.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Last March 1, Monday, ten artists; Aj Tolentino, Aza Mazon-Camps, Benay Reyes, Ivy Universe Baldoza, Joana De Leon-Hoffman, Ligaya Domingo, Lydia Cabasco, Maan De Loyola, Tif Guevara and Rimaq Palma showed up with their works at the exhibit in celebration of the Womyn's Month.
It's very interesting to gather womyn for an exhibit because there's always something new to find. The artists used a rich variation of media, wood, plaster, fabric, oil and acrylic paints, pencils and ink. All unified by the theme of the exhibit: sexuality, sensuality and womynhood inspired by the book, Women Who Run with the Wolves written by Clarissa Pinkola-Estes. All in contemplation of what it means to be in a womyn's body.
For an exhibition that was only organized within a month, the turn out of the works were amazing. Considering that there are three working mommies in the group. While everyone else, although without children are perpetually busy with something anyway.
People who came to see the exhibit, or who just happened to be in the Philam Life and looked at the exhibit, expressed their fascination, "an all-womyn exhibit. What is this about?" I guess exhibitions like these, as far as we thought feminist revolution has progressed still doesn't come as easy these days and still strike some kind of exotic fascination to certain people. Especially when you bring womyn to talk about words like sensuality or sexuality.
I find womyns' reflections of their own bodies very distinctive from that of men. I guess I refer to male artists painting womyn's bodies who has spent too much time looking at FHM or Playboy. There is always more depth or more inquiry that is much more familiar, much more real and genuine. I am not saying that all womyn paint like this. I refer to the works of Joana, AJ, Maan and Benay here. It's a very refreshing feeling.
Unearthing: Womynist Bones and Sexuality-Unearthing the hearth of the feminine. When the river does not run,rest awhile, rip through reality, rake up the rust, embrace what you’ll find. Reclaim and from there, a hope to redeem radiance.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Womynist Bones and Sexuality
Buried under the dark crevices of our time’s hegemonies are yet tender fossils – muted, maimed, and mutilated – muffled in their screaming silence, cocooned within the gravels of subjugated worldings. But not for long…
Ten womyn womynists piece together a fearless, undulated bellowing; an eloquent kind of unearthing, to unravel bones of feminine beauty and pain, to reconstitute their place in time and space, both real and virtual. To unearth is to reveal quieted identities in a more gaping dimension to which their osseous seeds could be nourished into fertile germs – progenitors, potent and sexual so that the once faint diffusion of voices could reverberate into a piercing chorus, lyric and erotic, vivid and provocative.
This spirited collective choreography gathers in a wall’s span and in a sweeping gaze a cross-section of ideas that could somehow begin to articulate, but not to frame, the womyn’s emancipation into the breathing space of expression, unstruggling, ungasping and basking in the free air.
In their concoction of old and new media, the ten artists may have come from different milieus and cultivate different modes of artistic engagement. Yet they speak in unison as they spark this provocation to take a focal look at the feminine from her periphery. Through the poignant womynly expression, Benay Reyes bares a subtle, primordial injustice that seems to have haunted the womyn during the expanse of HIStory. She invites us to go back, look back and re-align our gaze at HERstory. Ligaya Domingo and Maan de Loyola project contrasting styles of abstractions to show a single theme: societal imbalance, the longing for human rights and social justice. AJ Tolentino makes use of both arcane myths and mass-produced pop cultural hegemonies to position the womyn in both the ancient and the current. Tif Guevara and Ivy Universe Baldoza works with every conceivable medium and form to attack the feminist subject, creating rich juxtapositions of metaphors pertaining to the feminine’s “universe” of concepts. Joan de Leon Hoffman paints it dark and real to intimate what to her are her womynist realities. Lydia Cabasco ventures into 3D spaciality through installation and collaborates with Tif Guevara as they render subliminal connections between art and the subconscious. They draw inspiration from myths and the archetype of the “skeleton woman” to explore the cycle of life, death and life. Aza Camps and Rimaq Palma complete this initial performance of unearthing with works challenged and stirred by the womyn’s sexual politics.
Longing for tender caresses, these painful yet beautiful “bones” resuscitate in these walls, their nursery beds; with the intimate light as their sun and your thoughtful gaze as their consummate lovers, sensually stroking with the eye, afflicting and loving.
In indigenous lore, women priestesses danced and stomped the earth’s virginal orifices amidst sacred chants and prayers, to awaken the soil and welcome the seeds that soon may grow into life. Now, bones become seeds of intention. Such skeletal undertakings begin the nurturing process of interrogation to amplify the actualities of the womyn, unearthed.
Behold, here unfolds a resurrection.JOSEPH MICHAEL T. PATRICIO
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I am definitely doing something with this ultrasound films pretty soon. I am still figuring out what to do for Benay and I's exhibit on March given the financial constraints that we have. So I've been thinking about exploring existing materials that I already have that I can use for the art works.