Juxtaposing two visual elements from the artist childhood drawings and transforming it into travel visual diaries / Year: 2018


My new artworks are about transforming childhood gestural drawing into a visual diary from my travels.

Visual diary appealed to me for a couple of reasons :

First, it has been my character to write and draw on the 25 countries i visited. The last country that made a personal impact on me was my month long stay in Japan where these Visual Diary Series came into fruition.

Second, as i was designing my parents tombstone, I randomly saw an old photo of my mom with a love note on the back for my father. In the photo was my childhood drawings and i thought of revisiting these gestual childhood drawings.

and lastly with the on going pandemic, I explored these visual diaries from my travel memories as well as my travel within to revisit my childhood while in confinement here in Paris.

The solo exhibition aims to communicate art as a reflective idea and as a way to revisit my childhood through synergy. The interaction and juxtaposition between a geometrical sketch and a free-hand gestural drawing when i was a child.

In this process, the general image is an overlaping of the two elements. The detailed drawings are images of my day reduced into patterns or simplier form.

The negative spaces were filled with writings from travel book guides, travel brochures and my personal travel experience. It is written in French, Bisaya ( my mother tongue ) Tagalog ( the national langage of the Filipino people ), English and in foreign characters from my trip.

My method combines pointilism, gestural strokes and a childhood penchant for writing on the corner wall as a way to retrace marks and allowing time to pass by whenever i am scolded in my growing years and asked to stand in the corner of the classroom.

Furthermore, the first series of Visual Diaries are inspired from Japan and it allowed me to contemplate on the concepts of simplicity and harmony. It opened new compositional approach to the elements in my artwork.

Carnet Sans age at present is a series of Visual Diaries that evolve into a body of works which reflects the 25 countires i have been. It is a reflection of what i do since the start of the pandemic and in my travel within to revisit my childhood.