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ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
What is a treasure?
What do you treasure?
In her first solo mini-exhibit, Carren Evangelista wants to examine our concept of “manggad”, “Manggad” is the Hiligaynon word for “treasure”, and is often associated with wealth, either in the form of money, precious stones, or land – in her opinion an old notion that desperately needs to be retired. In this rat race of a life, much has been sacrificed in the name of material wealth: health, relationship, even peace of mind.
The “Manggad” Series shows us what the artist treasures in her life: her family, as shown by the old portrait of her grandparents done when she was in 5th grade; childhood, for the artist believes that this is the most fragile, yet the most important part of our lives, because our childhood eventually defines our adulthood; and virtues, represented by the children in the coffee paintings. These children live simple, have purity, and show kindness – virtues that need emphasis when we deal with each other, perhaps even with ourselves.
Last but not the lease, the most important “manggad” earned in this endeavor is the lesson learned as an artist – to never be afraid to play with the medium and materials, as evinced by freer brushstrokes and weaved paper texture, just as it was in her childhood when she played, explored her environment and interests, and created memories.