Hidden Tales, 2008

Ricco Renzo Gallery, LRI Plaza, Makati City

In my work I explore the process by which human beings interpret and decipher their experiences. I regard this as a function of one’s awareness, past, culture, and view of self, the primordial force that drives our actions.  Hidden Tales is a collection of works that explore people’s nature of weaving life sagas that they live inside of.  The dramas we play out in our minds affect our actions, reactions and our state of mind.  Like automated machines, we manufacture narratives as a default.  Like a spider, we spin webs of tales that comfort and support us.  This is the very nature of a human being.  It is through those tales that we relate to reality.  What we say about ‘what happened’ is reality for us, then we react.

In our culture of a fast-paced hurried life, people hardly stop and think about the context in which he lives in, the mantra he repeats in his mind.  Combining elements of assemblage with expressionistic painting and text, the works give form to real-life allegories, inviting the viewer to consider reassessing his mental tales, the conversations that drive and impact his existence. In these works, I interviewed some close friends and asked the question: “what is the hidden mental conversation that drives you to do what you are doing in your life?” 

“Face Off” is a sculptural welded assemblage of junk metal with a 69-minute audio loop, recorded admissions and disclosures of personal lives.  One day, as I cleaned up our over-crowded cabinets and prepared to recycle my clutter, I discovered old car parts that were not thrown.  Why they were kept escapes me.  In using these elements, I intended to manifest how we use and reuse the stories from our past that impact our future.  Reprocessing personal chronicles in an unending fashion to a point where one cannot distinguish what really happened from one’s knitted myths and legends, fabricated reality; those which probably impact us just as much, if not, much more than the mere facts.  The ink portraits on paper are their narratives in verbatim.