“The use of craft in contemporary art means a dedication to materials and processes, though not entirely as a path to perfection and polish. On the contrary, the craft approach shuns aesthetic perfection as a reaction to the omnipresence of technology in everyday life, including art production.
In this exhibition, Carmel Lim-Torres, Steph Palallos, and Josephine Turalba create diverse art foregrounding the handmade. They express personal experience rather than a collective social message. Consider leatherwork as a means to re-imagine views from place memory, or sewing to construct garments that expose the ailing body, or cutwork applied to paper, ceramics and wood to express hope amidst ecological peril.
Palallos expresses the vulnerability of the human body by sewing vestments that may be very difficult if not impossible to wear. Made of transparent fabric, her garments avoid the idea of clothing as an object to cloak nakedness, as a means to define form, or a medium to express desire. Her construction overturn aspects of functionality and fashion in favor of revealing a real but invisible illness that is part of her quotidian identity. The symbolic clothes, all thirty-one of them, one for each day of the month, uncover afflictions that many of us do not want to know let alone see in bodies, including our own.”
(Excerpt from “Made by Hand” by Leo Abaya, Curator)
Carmel Lim-Torres, Steph Palallos, Josephine Turalba
16 September – 18 October 2015
Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco (Little Theater Lobby)
Cultural Center of the Philippines
Curated by Leo Abaya
Viewing hours: 10AM – 6PM
Tuesdays to Sundays
(Photo: detail of “Peel,” Installation by Steph Palallos)