at the Negros Museum
In celebration of the National Arts Month, printmaker Angela Silva and water-colorist and writer, Jo Anne Coruña, unveiled a visual exhibit at the Negros Museum on February 8, titled “Amidst the Green” and “Shadow Memories”, its press release said.
“Amidst the Green” by Coruña shows how she documented her attempt growing a food forest within 1,000 square meters of land in the city. It also displays watercolor works of Food Stories from the People of Negros Occidental.
“This body of work provides a sampling of the culinary traditions and innovations of the people of Negros Occidental. I, together with a team from the Provincial Tourism Office, ventured out to the cities and municipalities of the province, and talked to the cooks, bakers, entrepreneurs, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, who make dishes and drinks from the abundance of the land and the sea. These paintings tell the personal stories, family histories, struggles, and triumphs of the people of Negros Occidental,” Coruña said.
“Shadow Memories” is a collection of cyanotype prints, a form of alternative photography, which produces the characteristic monochromatic blue image on archival quality paper, the press release said.
Silva said her works are a combination of her love of vintage Filipiniana and real photo postcards with printmaking and collage. Her antiquarian sensibility layers rare photographs and studio portraits with maps and ephemera to denote a sense of time and place. It also explores identity and memory, by combining found vernacular photographs with remembered stories.
Lyn Gamboa, president of the Negros Museum, welcomed the guests, and presented the Negrense artists during the exhibit opening.
“It is never too late to awaken the artist inside of us, as we see what these masterpieces speak about, as we hear each of their stories and to feel the desire to inspire and give light,” Gamboa said in her speech.
The back-to-back exhibit will run until May 30, the press release added.*
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