SEPTEMBER 2 -25, 2017

One requires a certain level of transparency to the ground in order to create an “honest” image. Perhaps sheer to a particular degree of conciousness from the inner self to the paper. As paper reveals it’s physical properties, the artist harnesses these qualities and reacts towards the ground. The exploration of possibilities in imageries  and forms that brings paper back to its origin which is nature. The ways in which the artists responded to paper exposes the fragility and potential use of it.

One simple line initiates an entire composition like a small organism that is capable of growing into a large mass. Annie begins drawing with a ballpoint pen and lets herself to be dictated by intuition. Line after line, shape after shape. A method focused on the manner by which the pen rubs the surface of the paper repetitively. This allows her to somehow doodle seemingly random organic forms, and yet, mimic a familiar figuration. This process of letting intuition to intervene is similar to Atsuko’s pieces. Combining different media in her work such as glue, acrylic paint, and paper to create biomorphic forms. Forms that, perhaps, took place when the paint navigates on its own. “My inspiration always comes from nature, primitive creatures, micro creatures.” she said. Despite Atsuko’s use of industrial medium, she managed to incorporate hand-made paper to her works. This gives the idea that artist considers both mass reproduced and domesticated conciousness.

The works can also take us back to our connection with nature. Distinct forms found around us is a subconcious reference. Allison’s cut-outs create a visually interesting image for she incorporates shadows as a key element to her works. The shapes resemble those found in nature itself; perhaps the bark of a tree or clouds that cast shadows to the ground. She cuts out small details on a piece of paper in a modular manner. This is her way of manifesting a spiritual shield that she creates around her

Multiple layers of drawings is definitive in Lui’s works. Different images are presented to the viewer at once creating a visual representation of the way we literally look at objects. “Our eyes don’t usually focus on one object alone… we see everything simultaneously.” She said. Hence, she presents layers of transclucent papers. Tearing reveals details underneath each layers. It gives the notion that we, as viewers, are curious to see further than the surface.

Imagine a child when given a pen and a sheet of paper. The result of its exploration on the material is imminent. They tear, doodle, cut, or perhaps, burn in order to feed their curiosity.  Sheer as a transparent quality becomes relevant when one reveals its reaction to the medium and ground. Paper may be fragile in its bare state, yet it remains sturdy for the artist to manipulate; Perhaps the innate ability of women to adapt to emotional situations such as creating is adamant. The openness is always present but beyond that, there will always be a sense etherial mystery.

– Raymond Escoto Carlos