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Monday, March 30, 2015

Turning Point (Foto by Arni Aclao)


SHE is an enigma. She’s intricate, pernicious when provoked. She’s not easily tamed. She’s unpredictable, yet romantic in every detail. She is a woman. She is art—beautiful, precious.

With March dubbed Women’s Month, Qube Gallery presents “She Said,” a celebratory exhibit featuring the dynamic, meaningful outputs of local art femmes fatales. A vernissage was opened to select audience including the media on March 19.

Jewelle Yeung’s trio, which gyrate around the abstract praxis, dare women to crush the cocoon of inhibitions which most are trapped in, either by choice or by situation. “Release” spews a challenge to discharge unnecessary issues that distort a woman’s identity, a bold visual reminder to be fully alive. The equally gripping “Between Form and Function,” which also beams in deep blue, fire orange, yellow and white, is pelted with complex interpretations of a woman’s inner emotions. “Turning Point,” Jewelle’s first piece when she moved to Asia, depicts the inevitable confusions that occur to a woman as life unfolds one decision at a time.

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Attracted to the evolution of organic things—of nature as a whole—Jewelle carries out her personal versions of landscapes and sunrises into her art for an outburst of self-expression. Also, she confessed about her obsession with color interaction. To Jewelle, abstract works best especially for this particular show. It’s about pure color reaction, movement and expression. That a woman has to strip herself off from herself, and come out from the abyss of personal demons, is her assertion.

Jewelle lived in London for 15 years. The 32-year-old half Filipina, half Chinese has maintained a predilection for creative pursuits—fashion, fine arts since she was younger. She’s been painting since 12 and looks up to Chilean surrealist painter Roberto Matta.

Inspired by change and anonymous faces from memory, Golda King’s set is also extracted from introspections—“No One Gets Left Behind,” “Will Do” and “One Besides the One Mentioned.” A self-portrait in a way, the collection is a graphic display of insecurities, happiness and nostalgia (among a pool of emotions) that hit women every waking hour, most often than not.

“We all have the chance to say whatever. Let go. Paint what you know,” is Golda’s message.

The 31-year-old painter is most comfortable relating to human figure as a core subject. Keeping it raw and genuine, Golda categorizes her works under the umbrella of abstractive, figurative approach. Influenced by Bay Area Figurative School of Painting pioneer David Park and Chinese-born American contemporary artist Hung Liu among others, Golda strikes both as a content and process-oriented artist, emphasizing on pale shades, rough textures and mixed media. When loneliness visits, Golda, just like fellow art icons, spends a lot of time spacing out, staring blankly at the unfinished painting. “Melancholia is the muse sometimes,” she declared.

In 2009, Golda pursued a degree in fine arts in San Francisco, California. Four years later, she was accepted at the Gullkistan Center for Creativity in Iceland for an art residency program. Golda came home to the Philippines some six months ago.

The rest of the female artists at “She Said” are Kitty Taniguchi, Maxine Syjuco, Palmy Pe Tudtud, Gigi Ocampo and Yvonne Quisumbing. Exhibit runs until April 20 at Qube Gallery’s recently launched new art space in Crossroads, Banilad, Cebu City.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 31, 2015.

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