This series is a feminist rewriting of Filipino myths. I rewrite these myths through sculptural depictions of Filipino myths about flowers, where the trope of the feminine icon is often punished for behaving badly. In this series I reimagine the narratives told behind the eyes of the women themselves. Whereas, the myths depict these women to be remorseful, I reimagine the myths through a renewed feminine gaze, ripe with sensuality and femininity.
Date: September 2018
Medium: Two sets of Lampworked Glass and Live Flowers
Dimensions: 24 inches x 12 inches x 11.8 inches
Rose, is part of this series of sculptures that are based on the tropes of women in Filipino myths about flowers. In this particular myth, a woman is turned into a rose. She is a lovestruck young woman whose love is never reciprocated because her lover is killed by the Spanish colonizers, thus resulting in her transformation into the flower. This particular set depicts the female form in the middle of the transformative state. The forms are nude, and are in poses that claim agency instead of remorse, giving the character from the myth a second life reimagined through the sculptures.
Title: Camia ( Her Hands)
Date: November 2018
Medium: Lampworked Glass, Live Flower
Dimensions:5 inches x 11.5 inches x 4 inches
In this particular myth, a woman once again disappears after disoberying her parent’s wishes. What remains is a flower as soft as her hands. The name of the flower, Camia, is a play on the tagalog word Kamay which means ‘hands’. In this particular case it means, ‘her hands’.