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Lord of (the F)lies

“Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of a true, wise friend called Piggy.” (Lord of the Flies)


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HANDMADE: Steph Palallos


Sirens, 2008 (Photo by Tiffany Urrutia)

Before our exhibit ends on the 18th, allow me to talk a little bit about myself and my work.

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the Ateneo de Manila University. I studied Applied Creativity (in Education and Art) at the University of Santiago del Compostela, Spain. I moved to Barcelona in 2003 and studied Contemporary Visual Arts Practices at METÁFORA-University of Barcelona.


Zen Garden, 2003

When I started making sculptures in 2003, my work centered on my personal narrative: moving to a different country and struggling with an invisible illness made me feel disjointed and fragmented. In my attempt to reconstruct and fabricate a new identity, I tried to build on pieces of my body.


Untitled Triptych, 2003

I have been back in Manila for ten years. I took a brief hiatus from sculpting about 5 years ago and now I find myself going back to where I left off, but this time around I want to use softer materials—fabric—to tell my story. The years have changed my narrative, but some themes remain. My pieces are still self portraits; they center on my embodied identity with missing pieces and fragile, incongruous parts. I still fabricate subtle and quiet images that trigger memories and emotions, focusing on loneliness, loss, and isolation. With the use of translucent materials, I also explore the idea of fragility and lightness, of wanting to be transparent, wanting to disappear.


From the Untitled Triptych, 2003


Peel, 2015. Photo by Giovanni D. Co

To see more of my work, please visit my website.

HANDMADE exhibit is open for viewing at the CCP until this Sunday, 18 October 2015.

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HANDMADE Finissage


HANDMADE Finissage
15 October 2015
Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco (Little Theater Lobby)

Artists’ Talk 4pm
Cocktails 6pm

For their exhibition finissage, the artists of HANDMADE will have a special artist talk and closing cocktails on 15 October 2015. It will begin with an introduction by exhibit curator Leo Abaya, which will be followed by the artist talks of Josephine Turalba, Steph Palallos, and Carmel Lim-Torres.

In their exhibit, Palallos, Lim-Torres, and Turalba create diverse art highlighting the Handmade. They express personal experience rather than give voice to a collective social message. Consider Turalba’s leatherwork as a means to re-imagine landscapes from memory, or Palallos’ sewing fabric to construct garments that expose the ailing body, or Lim-Torres’ embroidery applied to paper, ceramics and wood to express hope amidst ecological peril.

Handmade is on view until 18 October 2015. Viewing hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm. The exhibition is supported by Active Group Incorporated, Pepi Cubano, Tacos Chingones, and Delbros Group. Photo is courtesy of Giovanni D. Co.

For more information, call the CCP Visual Arts & Museum Division, Production & Exhibition Department at (632) 832-1125 loc. 1504/1505, (632) 832-3702, mobile (63920) 4700690, email ccp.exhibits@gmail.com or visit http://www.culturalcenter.gov.ph

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Made by Hand


“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)

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Exhibition: “Handmade” at the Cultural Center of the Philippines


Exhibition: Handmade

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

Artists’ Talk, October 15, 4PM
Finissage, October 15, 6PM

Handmade is a group show comprised of works by Carmel Lim-Torres, Steph Palallos, and Josephine Turalba. Lim-Torres invites the audience to use pieces of her artwork as symbols of hope. Palallos focuses on how an invisible illness becomes part of one’s quotidian identity. Turalba explores the use of cut-outs to contemplate on her recent experiences of places as transient spaces.

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Twisted Tuesdays: beautiful lines


Last week I said Twister was the one who started it all, the one who put me on my path to Cat Ladyhood. 🙂 I became a cat mama because of him, and he got me started on drawing felines. While I was working on my lesson plans yesterday, I looked up and saw him sitting like this. He was facing the wall across the room, but he turned his head to look at the chirping birds outside the window. He stayed in that pose in a while. No wonder artists like to have cats as their fur companions. They are fascinating, mysterious creatures! And look at those lines! Twister’s form was incredible—the shape of his body, the angles. Such a gorgeous creature. He’s always been my favorite to draw, not only because he’s beautiful, but he’s a willing subject as well. Let’s fill my journal, shall we, Twister? 🙂


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Pet Portraits

I have to learn how to promote my art and my services, so here it goes… 🙂

Remember the study I made a couple of days ago? This is Sylvester. This is his watercolor portrait. 🙂 If you are interested in having one made (cat, dog, horse, bunny, etc), please send me an email at magicpoppet@me.com or send me a message via this website and let’s talk. 🙂


Sylvester’s portrait in watercolor

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Aso’t Pusa


I’m going to have an exhibit! 🙂 I’m re-posting the announcement from Beterinaryo sa Fort. Hope you can drop by and check out my works!


Beterinaryo sa Fort Animal Clinic brings to you watercolor paintings of cats and dogs by artist Steph Palallos (http://stephpalallos.com/) right here at the BSF facility. All her works are for sale with a portion of the sales to be donated to our favorite animal welfare charities, CARA and PAWS.

The ASO’T PUSA exhibit opens on Friday, 27 September 2013 at 6PM with cocktails. This event will also introduce BSF’s new floor as we seek to provide better services to you and your fur kids in our improved facility.

The ASO’T PUSA exhibit will run through 31 October 2013. Please drop by the clinic to see Steph’s beautiful work and maybe take one home with you.

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Getting my groove back

I’ve been struggling to get my muse back for months now. No amount of pleading, heckling, and bribing could lure her back into my life. I feel spent and empty. Today I decided to take on a different approach: instead of hitting myself on the head, I followed the instructions I normally give to my students when they first start learning how to paint. I cleaned my room, set up my space, and tried my best to get into a creative mood.


I did watercolor exercises the whole day to try to loosen up my brain. I used watercolor artist Lorraine Watry’s videos as a guide.


Then I filled my Moleskine watercolor journal with images of my cat. I’ll share more when I feel more confident about them ;o)


I still have a long way to go, but I think I’m on the road to getting my groove back. 🙂

Okay, break time is over! 🙂

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More from Cat Tee Mission

Please check out the post about me at Cat Tee Mission’s website. I am so happy and grateful to be part of the Artist Exchange project. Please leave a comment to show your support. 🙂

My design will be available on their site for whole month of July. Why not get a shirt or a mug or a tote and help kitty cats (big and small) all over the world? 🙂

US shop: https://catteemission.spreadshirt.com/
EU shop: https://catteemission.spreadshirt.co.uk/
Australian shop: http://catteemission.communitee.com.au/shop

Thank you!

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