Tuesday, 8 October 2013
I made this last month for a group show that opened over the weekend ~ I hadn't used sand in a while so this was a perfect excuse for it; also a good friend of mine had recently been telling me a lot about how much she loved camels ^^ Deserts are fascinating; I would love to have a desert show someday ^^
I'm just glad I was able to turn this one out; I'd like to thank God for letting me finish this and the bestie-in-law for inviting me to join the show it was for, and anyone who checks out my online portfolio at http://jill-arwen-posadas.weebly.com/ where I'll be putting this camel up presently ^^
Tuesday, 3 September 2013
THE TIKBALANG : HOMO EQUUS
Has Jill Arwen Posadas ever encountered a Tikbalang? The answer is most assuredly Yes. Having always lived in a landscape peopled by monsters/ monstered by people, it was but natural that she should be quite taken by the nobility and grace of the Tikbalang. Man and Horse, creatures both, have evolved, as we understand them, each into his own race. But never once have we, in our limited capacities, considered that Man and Horse should both belong to the same lineage. Indeed, this melding of equine limb and human sinew, of the elemental and the earthly – would make for an Abnormis Sapiens, a savant of creation, unsurpassed in any reality.
Tikbalang : A Myth? Jill Arwen Posadas now makes a statement that Tikbalangs are real and that they do exist in our midst, that they have endured through human centuries and through their own parallel eons. Not as Myth but as Legend does the Tikbalang come down to us through the ages. Far from being some figment of forest lore, it roams the entire breadth and height of the human footprint : our cities and our woodlands, from our shores to our fields, from mountain fastness to plunging crevasse – they are there. Present, too, in our daily comings and goings, the Tikbalang is perhaps, taking stock of the folly of that entity who, sorrowfully, has remained quiescent in his development. And to Man’s aid has the Tikbalang come : heroic deeds are the stuff of his history. Now, it is with sufficient certitude that we venture to say that while he is able to transcend his human nature, he is equally not immune to its profane inclinations. The human substance in the Tikbalang asserts its potency in his love of gold and in his delight in a good prank. Is not the Tikbalang, therefore, the perfect embodiment, the actual representation of the primeval struggle of good and evil – the validation that what is intrinsically pure and natural should be paramount to the quintessentially concupiscent. Hence, in its very form and appearance, the Tikbalang is the Horse, lord over the Man.
Myriad are the tales woven about the Magic of the Tikbalang. But what is this Magic? The ability of the Tikbalang to change his shape when he so desires, is most probably a gift forfeited by Man and consigned to him. Man, hopelessly shackled to the mundane and therefore unable to rise to the higher plane of a sublime nature, is not only incapable of change but is content to bewail his imperfections. The Tikbalang is wisely invisible to Men who see but would be blind to unseen reality. It is said that being possessed of an amulet, the Tikbalang has great powers. And yet, the Tikbalang is himself the “talisman”. The guardian of flora and fauna, custodian of all as yet unspoiled by Man, he derives his strength from the river of life that feeds creation, the force that spawns the progeny of tree and stallion, fish and bird, bee and blossom. In truth, the domain of the Tikbalang is the very one that Man is supposed to protect. Man’s abdication of this responsibility has given impetus to the ascendancy of the Tikbalang. No wonder, then, that Man has by reason of his deleterious nature, sought ways of subjugating him. The Man who masters the Tikbalang will have him for a servant. There is , however, no record to date of such a relationship between Man and Tikbalang ever having come to pass. The taming of the Tikbalang is just as improbable as the taming of Man.
In this body of work, Jill Arwen Posadas releases the Tikbalang from his one-dimensional depiction in Philippine tradition. Horselords is her tenth solo show but certainly not her first in a lifelong tribute to those of the kingdom of the elementals, specifically the Tikbalang, and the monster cum man. A graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts well as of the University of Asia and the Pacific, Jill Arwen Posadas has almost always used her eye and her palette to bring to fore truths worldly and other-worldly, real and surreal. Long a member of Ang InK (Ilustrador ng Kabataan) she has enabled the incredulous to peer through her lens and discover that prism of colour reflected in a butterfly wing or on a shell on a mermaid’s tail. Her brushwork is an intimate undertaking that delineates the blast of smoky breath from a nostril flared, the unfurling of every strand of mane and tail. In this portraiture of Horse as Man/ Man as Horse, has she had to stalk her subject in his habitat or has the Tikbalang actually sat for Jill Arwen Posadas?
I just have some shout-outs; first of all to mom, who wrote my exhibit text for me ^^; (what I made hardly does it justice ^^; )
And first first of all, to God. Dear Mama Mary, my Guardian Angel, patron saints of artists and writers Saint Luke, Blessed Fra Angelico, Saint Francis de Sales, Saint Charles Borromeo, Saint Catherine of Bologna and Saint Ephrem, patron saint of workers Saint Joseph, Saint Maria Goretti, Saint Dominic Savio, to Saint Thomas Aquinas for reminding me why I do what I do, Saint Lawrence and Saint Benedict and patron saints of impossible things Saint Jude, Saint Rita and Saint Philomena. You Guys have never, ever let me down, and here's me totally undeserving. Thank You.
And on earth (lol) to mom again, and my dad. My sister for making that there video up there and her expert opinions, my brother Hopa for all of -his- expert opinions, for coming with me to CCP, twice, and for all his help, my brother Jones for all the heavy lifting (and for posing for me), and to everyone at home for their moral support (to my niece Sofie for -her- expert opinions and to my other niece Madie for not messing up my workspace).
Of course to my bff Cathy and my bff-in-law Jojo ("beliiiiieve in the arrrrrt") ~
To Shizen-chan, Tsucchi and Vers ^_^**
To Mr Raul Sunico and to Father Suelo ~
To the fine manufacturers of caffeinated drinks and liquid food ~
And to everyone who's ever encouraged me to just keep on trucking, even when the tyres get hopelessly mired in the muck and there ain't no sling or snowchains ~ guess this ol' nag ain't done yet ^^; Thank y'all ^^; So much ^^;
If y'all wanna snag a few previews they're up on http://jill-arwen-posadas.weebly.com/
Saturday, 29 June 2013
I was very fortunate to have been able to join "A Curious Buffet" ~ an Ang-InK exhibit featuring the most delicious, delectable and downright delightful art in 2- and 3D. Here n all I did was this painting of my niece eating purple ice cream ^_^;
If you happen to be in the area of the Marikina Shoe Exchange do come and feast your eyes on all the wonderful, wowee-ful work at this show ~ *eat* slowly cos the devil is in the details ^_^ /
Anyhow my sister took this photo at the opening for me (thanks Bassints ^_^ /) ~ but I'm putting another one at http://jill-arwen-posadas.weebly.com/
Friday, 8 March 2013
Come see this year's Kristo exhibit at the Art Center at Megamall ~ there are a lot of really nice pieces there ^_^ So this is the invite and below it is what I have at the exhibit; it's called "Troglodyte" ~ the theme of the exhibit is "Aman" which means "believe" and connotes faith, so for me, faith is believing even though you can't see ^_^;
In any case I'm just really glad I was able to join this show ^_^; It opened today and it'll be up for another couple weeks ^_^ /
I've also just put the trog on my online folio at http://jill-arwen-posadas.weebly.com/
And, I'm looking forward to having (lots) more new things for my folio (and for this blog) soon ^__~;
Friday, 4 January 2013
(No) Thanks to my limited knowledge of technology I somehow wasn't able to transfer everything from my old online folio to this blog (random bits of which can be seen poking about here and there) ~ I had been thinking of making this my new *web-based warehouse* for the photos I've been able to take of my work (cos there's a lot of stuff I don't have photos of) ~
However I -was- able to make this site that will serve as my new online folio ~ Hope you'll be able to swing by sometime to have a look ~
I hope you'll look once in a while, because that's what I'll be updating from here on out ^_^;
That's not to say I'll be totally neglecting -this- blog ~ I reckon I'll be posting a heads up here and there whenever I'm able to somehow nudge my work along ~ I've been having to write full time again lately, because that's just how the cookie crumbles ~ but I do mean to work twice as hard at everything and hopefully I'll have something new again soon for the weebly and for this blogger ^__^; Thank you ^__^ //