Love Marie Ongpauco-Escudero
Exhibition Duration: January 30 to February 10, 2016
Love Marie Ongpauco-Escudero continues to explore her passion for the visual arts. Her first exhibit at ArtistSpace of the Ayala Museum in Makati City two years ago was well received, which is an understatement for the 10-day exhibit simply because it was sold-out on the first hour of the opening day. In the art circle, a "sold-out" solo exhibit for a debut is rather "phenomenal."
Since then, she had two more sold out solo exhibitions, one at the Gallerie Joaquin in San Juan and the last was in Singapore, where she received praises from international critics.
Love Marie, a.k.a. Heart Evangelista, has since divided her time being an actress on screen and television, modeling, product endorsement; a wife to Senator Chiz Escudero, and a full time artist.
"I have always loved painting," explained Love Marie. "It's just that show business came by chance..." And that's when as Heart Evangelista, she could not resist the exciting opportunities it had offered her as a teenager.
Now looking back, she confidently admits that painting was her first love. While she started painting as a child, she later found it difficult to share her artistic side, a hesitance made even more pronounced by her early celebrity stature. "I was afraid that people may come up with critical reactions. "When you're a public figure, you're so open to all the criticisms, judgments. It took a lot of courage for me to come out with a painting because I felt na [people might say] 'Ah so ngayon nagpe-paint na siya.' Nauna yung pagiging conscious ko... I really just had to be confident, brave and fearless to come out with it,” she said.
Still, the artist prevailed. And the success of her solo exhibit afforded her enough confidence to pursue her passion and seek the sense of fulfillment it will bring.
The experience of being an artist for Love Marie gives her a kind of "high" that she could not understand. "The feeling is priceless. I just paint every day," she said.
In her previous exhibits, Love Marie creatively explored varying emotions of women, surrounding them with ambiguous shapes and forms and colors that lend her canvas with throbbing vibrancy.
This time, Love Marie delves into her childhood memories of having gone fishing with her father, Rey Ongpauco. "It was kind of our thing. He had wanted a boy, which is why he brought me along hiking or fishing."
She draws her inspiration from what she remembers from those days. "I love painting fish. It's just a never-ending flowing idea, a fantasy place with so many colors," enthused Love Marie, whose aesthetic style carried a hint of Gustav Klimt and influences that include Paul Klee, Frieda Kahlo, and Juvenal Sanso.
By focusing on fish for this “Oceans Apart” collection, Love Marie ventures into a favorite subject of art for decades now—from primitive culture to ancient civilizations, through the modern times. There are the decorative renderings of the Greeks and Romans that had mythological significance. The Realists later depicted marine life that became popular, until the abstractions of modern artists like Matisse, Picasso, Klee, and many more.
The contemporary nature artists tend to paint live fish in idealized settings, a style with roots in 17th century still lifes and oriental brush paintings. The fish have been an important theme in art and their use has been highly symbolic, as in Japan and China.
The symbolic meaning of fish include fertility, creativity, femininity, good luck, happiness, and knowledge. In Christianity, the fish serves as a symbol of abundance and faith as observed in the Biblical story of fishes and loaves of bread. There are Biblical references to Christ and his disciples being "fishers of men," where man is represented as the transformational fish and the ocean as the symbol of the abyss of sin in which man finds himself.
In addition, pagan traditions recognize the fish as a feminine symbol of fertility. Water is a natural emblem of the flow of the Divine Mother principal, and as such, all creatures of the water (including fish) are aspects of the fertility and power of the female deity.
There's so much that Love Marie has to offer, be it instinctively or not. Suffice it to say that her dedication for the craft will initially indicate where she will bring her audience in this aesthetic journey.
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