Patricia Eustaquio, Nona Garcia, Geraldine Javier and Yasmin Sison are all known painters and are all recipients of awards for their work in various visual art forms, whether in painting, sculpture or installation. But for the exhibit opening this April 27, STRIP 2011 at Silverlens introduces them to the art world as photographers with an exhibit curated by Rachel Rillo.
The exploration of media in their work is something that the artists do not shy from. Patricia Eustaquio has used leather, crochet, ceramic and resin, to convey broken narratives within her varied installations. Geraldine Javier recently utilized a craft that she learned in her childhood, tatting, in her artwork and even integrated them with her paintings. Nona Garcia has worked with photo assemblage, x-rays and monochromatic paintings that look like black and white photographs. Yasmin Sison, aside from being an artist, has taught art from preschool to collegiate levels. They have all used various vehicles to communicate through their art.
Photography is not really new for these artists as they have all utilized them in some way in their art process. Likewise, they have all explored the concept of memory. However, this time, memories are translated into photographs, presented as the final form. In STRIP 2011, they are given the chance to present themselves as artists working with photography.
For Rillo, there is no intention in her curation of this show to measure up photography as an art form versus painting, an argument that she views as archaic. Instead, she invites the viewers to see works from these artists from a vehicle different from what they have become accustomed to.