Bueno! For today’s #WomenWednesday, we’re doing a recap of last month’s features. February was Arts Month and we decided to feature women artists every week. We got to talk to different artists about their art and their message to aspiring Filipina artists. Little did we know that the month would go by in a flash! So if you missed it, here it is!
- Liana Maris – print artist and illustrator
Liana Maris has done illustrations for short stories and poetry, as well as book covers. Pelvic Bones and Hands dominate her recent works, exploring her personal Anxieties and Fears.
She has released two zines: an art book “Beholders!” in 2015, and an illustrated short story “Thunder” in 2017. She currently lives in Pasig, Manila, and is working as a Print Artist in Burnwater Design Studios.
You can check out more of her works in Instagram @liana_maris
Her message for artists:
“Never forget your reason for creating.”
2. Ellyza Cua or also known as Ellyphant – multimedia artist and illustrator
- Tell us about you and your art! (can be your journey, advocacy etc.)
“Most of my works are related to my experiences in my every day life as a Filipina. I always wanted to make more art to share, but I need to finish my academic obligations first. I value decency and respect because I’ve felt the horror I had when I got bullied and harassed before. I will always support the causes about anti-bullying and anti-sexual harassment because I don’t want to let that happen to my fellow Filipinas”
- What’s your message to Filipinas or aspiring Filipina artists?
“To all the aspiring and talented Filipina artists out there, never stop creating.”
“Even if you are not satisfied with your work, don’t throw it, keep it and start again. If you feel exhausted from doing your craft, take a break. When you are finally feeling okay again, start again. Never give up because even if I don’t know you, I will always support you.
Also on the other hand, based from the current events, you should not be scared of voicing out your opinions, just don’t add aggression to it.”
3. Mek Yambao – Traditional artist
Mek is a traditional oil painter and uses wood panels. She had her first solo show September last year which resonated a strong feminist theme.
- Tell us about you and your art (can be your journey, advocacy, etc.)
“I’m a traditional oil painter from Manila and I paint on wood panels. My art revolves around themes of of nature, introspection, multiverse, and feminism. I’ve been becoming more aware of privilege and systems of oppression, especially gender inequality, through a range of personal experiences and accounts of others.
There’s more to learn and improve on but this insight made me want to use my art – my preferred language – to speak about it. Art does have the capability to intervene in the surrounding world and push the boundaries of public opinion leading to greater knowledge and empathy.”
- What can you say to Filipinas or aspiring Filipina artists?
“Art is a powerful medium and each one of us have an important thing to say and contribute to this world. Your soul, experiences and insights makes it special and unique, no one else can bring a message like it other than you.”
“Know what your unique voice is (who you are) and refine your language (what your art is) so you can confidently speak with integrity and change the world.”
“Also know your taxes and duties!! Oh my god, it’s such a pain. Real talk: Don’t slack in taxation class.”
That’s all from Mek! Check out more of her works at www.mekyambao.com
4. Saree Gloria – Painter and illustrator
Saree is a painter and illustrator based in Manila. She shares with us her journey and realizations in art.
“I started getting into art when I was around 11. I replicated works and did still life paintings. Oil was my favorite medium.
In college, I joined an organization that made me question my practice. Why was I doing art—what were my intentions? Ohh.. and WHAT THE HELL IS ART? These were some of the many questions that broke me. Creating pieces became a deeper struggle. My paintings and art projects became long experiments—mostly unfinished.
Today, I’m more involved with collaborations and efforts to teach visual art to kids or anyone willing to learn. My practice seems to be less of ‘me’, and more of shared experiences with others. It feels good. 🙂
I still make personal works but it is a painstakingly slow love-hate process. Can’t imagine life without it. “
Saree shares with us her studio:
- Her advise for aspiring artists:
“The struggle is real. But in spite of all the questions, critics, and self doubt, just grab a tool and make something. Don’t forget to savor process, may it be swift or slow.”
“Savor the failures. Some of the most beautiful works are products of disasters. Haha”
5. Isabel Weber – illustrator
- With a funky and vivid style, Isabel tells us about herself and her work! (Journey, advocacy, etc.)
“As a girl who was raised by her single mother and attended an all-girl school for most of her formative years, she has witnessed and has been inspired by so many different aspects that make up a woman and the expression of her femininity.
These are manifested in the way she convey different thoughts, emotions, and experiences that are unique to each individual yet have shared themes that all women can relate to. She draws as a way to express herself and in a sense, to extend a hand out to anyone who may feel alone or excluded or struggling with their womanhood.”
- Isabel’s message to Filipinas or aspiring Filipina artists!
“Don’t be afraid to make art with themes that may seem too honest or taboo. if there is fear, it probably just means it needs more art.”
You can check out more of Isabel’s work at her instagram, @wibblewebble
6. Eunice Cruzabara AKA Eunpyon – Illustrator
- Eunpyon is known for her unique art style that features anime-like characters with stunning fashion and dark mood. Now she tells us about herself and her art!
“My name is Eunpyon and I am a makati based illustrator and graphic designer. I love to draw sad fiesty girls in cool clothes that hang around in old, but perfect places.
Though there is still a lot that I would like to improve with my art, I can say that I am happy with the output that I create. I’ve never really enjoyed creating fan art and I used to hate myself for it because I knew that that was the best way to have a following. But no matter how hard I tried I knew that that wasn’t me. And in the end, art is all about expression. You communicate your feelings and ideals through your pieces. How can you do that to the fullest extent if you don’t like what you are drawing? That is why I stuck with what I draw and how I draw it and I can say with a full heart that I am having a blast.”
- What’s your message to Filipinas or aspiring Filipina artists?
“For every girl artist out there, don’t be afraid to express yourselves through art. Don’t let anybody tell you that you can or can’t draw something or have a certain style because of who you are. Remember that we can offer up our unique experiences and perspectives and we have the power to share it to the world.”
“All we need to do is to have courage. Have that and you’ve already won half the battle.”
And her instagram: @eunpyonart
That’s a wrap for our February arts month recap. Special thanks to the artists that agreed to share with out their craft. Doing this project with them for #WomenWednesday was a blast. Here’s to more power and visibility to women artists out there!
Now it’s March, Women’s Month!!! Stay tuned for the future #WomenWednesday guys #LoveMariaClara