OPEN STUDIOS AT ART OMI
8 July 2018
Ghent, New York
Paje creates works concerned with independence, individuality, and identities forming visual narratives in alternative realities. For the residency, she bends a 20-foot Copper painting, one medium she has used in her practice along with sculpture and video, that explores and reinvents ideas on space, body, and identity. The installation merges scenes from the tropics where she resides, and the temperate, where the residency is occurring. Oriented in a loop, it is symbolic of an imagined and perceived space without beginning and without end, neither here nor there, endless and eternal.
”Of this Time”
Oil on Copper paintings, Installation
April - August 2018
Sculpture Garden, University of the Philippines - Diliman
Quezon City, Philippines
LAWAS comprises three public art projects for the 2018 UP Diliman Festival of Culture and the Arts. Pleiades, Pusod and Pagpamulak explore the intricate process of dwelling the body. All three are located at visible and accessible areas inside the sprawling Diliman campus.
The intimate registers of the senses, faith and the sacred feminine, and play through vision are expressed in art pieces by Agnes Arellano, Mark Justiniani, and Lee Paje. They probe the limits of the body, often imagined a vessel or a contained space. How can art whether installation, sculpture, or site specific forms become extensions of the human body through experience? Art that incorporates multi-dimensionality in its engagement of body and space becomes a technological cipher by which the human form is reworked and imagined, beyond containment and towards amplification.
Pagpamulak means ‘to blossom’. The work gathers white painted concrete body parts at the edge of the Sculpture Garden. The pieces make a playground, where we can climb a belly, see saw on a pussy, and rest on a penis. These pieces take from artist Lee Paje’s 2011 project where vagina shaped chocolates filled with tapuy or rice wine were offered to audiences during an exhibition opening. Viewers are invited to not only sit and lie on but also play with the stylised sculptures that mimic the body’s intimate parts.
Words by Tessa Maria Guazon on Wordsmithwoman website
Curated by Tessa Maria Guazon and Cecilia De la Paz