BIRD OF PARADISE, a solo exhibition which featured paintings and illustrations by local artist Margaux Blas, opened on August 3 at Museo Iloilo.
The collection depicts bold, female subjects in tropical abstractions combined with symbolic elements of wildlife and weaponry. With this, the artist invites viewers into her world of inner turmoil and own search for individual freedom.
Having spent most of her childhood in her family’s heritage farm in Ajuy, Iloilo, Blas obtained a spiritual reverence for nature at an early age and uses her verdant environment to stimulate her creative process.
Asked about her collection, she shares, “I’m into sharing a lot of symbolism in my work, and all of this connects to my inner self, thoughts, and the war I fight within.”
At 5:00 pm, guests were ushered to the gallery where all 24 pieces from the collection were displayed for viewing. A wide assortment of appetizers was set up and prepared by BBQ Shack, Rgies delicacies and Waterworld, accompanied by mixed drinks and refreshments from Bull & Barrel and Heineken.
With support from J7 hotel, the event featured Manila-based, drum and percussion duo Miguel and Chiko Hernandez, also known as Hernandez Brothers, who played a dynamic, transcendental set followed by eccentric beats from DJs dot.jaime and spaaawn. Each performance was coupled with juxtaposed visual projections by artist Omega.
Bird of Paradise is available for viewing at the Ground floor in Museo Iloilo until August 17, 2018.
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