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Let's Talk: Siamese Rat

Our Current Condition is the second year of Fortuna Circuit, an annual exhibition featuring artists from all around the Philippines.  To give more detail on the artists and their work, we've decided to feature a few interviews with the exhibitors.

1. What art piece(s) are you bringing to the exhibit? What’s the story behind it?

"Bleak Contrivance"

I always expect that every plan is doomed to fail. I like to roll the dice and take the plunge on the river of uncertainty, buttnaked leaving behind unnecessary concerns and seeing where it takes me. It helps me to have a positive outlook on things that matter.  

2. What school of art do you follow? Who are your influences?

When I was a kid, I watched too many cartoons and animated series. It destroyed my will to study haha I always drew in class, making fun of textbook drawings, on notebooks, on armchairs but always on the lookout for the flying chalk. 

In college I was introduced on different art styles and was jumping one style to another.

Then one day I stumbled upon my old drawings on notebooks. I like how it was raw and off. Shows on Adultswim and the like really helped me develop the style I go after.

3. What’s your art process? Do you have any habits or practices that you do before making a piece (eg taking a walk, or drinking beer before painting)?

The only time I can think of awesome ideas to make art is when Im in the shower, taking a dump and riding on a jeepney.

I write my ideas up and really try hard to draw them the way I imagined it but it is also the time spontaneous shit keeps adding in until it ends up differently or really far from the initial idea which is cool.

4. Where do you want your art to take you? Where do you see yourself and your art in the future?

That I really dont know.. As long as I still got my left hand I’ll make art OR in any case 

get my left hand chopped then my right hand shall swoop in. My wife and my kid are my major inspiration right now.

5. Advice to budding artists out there.

I really find it very hard to express through words and gestures, (damn it took me 2 hours to answer all these questions) that’s why I want to express my thoughts and feelings through art. Have faith in your craft, it might be the only thing that makes sense to you.

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