Confined somewhere where everything is at a standstill, Yasmin Sison journeys back into archived research work and uses these materials as the source for new work. Backyard Jungle Redux is a revisitation of old studies and imagery from a previous collection of paintings for Into the Woods, shown in the early aughts, featuring younger versions of her son, Haraya, and her nieces and nephews. Here, Sison invokes Heraclitus: “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” The same could be said for her re-entry into the same jungle, as her own self is changed by the very passage of time.
Currently, the price of pork in the market is at PhP 250-260 a kilogram. In Jemima Yabes’ Chops, Hams, Head, the artist turns to this pink merchandise in the wet local trade (whose steep prices betray product displays over linoleum covered tops or sometimes hung by hooks under artificial yellow glows). Yabes’ fixation on chopped meat came with the curiosity for the commodity’s price hike in COVID19-struck Metro Manila.
Found wood, pressed cannabis, sativa, goldleaf and acrylic on canvas 24 x 26 inches 2020
Found wood, pressed cannabis, sativa, goldleaf and acrylic on canvas
24 x 26 inches
Catalog No. 14082