Book Latte Alternative Art Space opens for another set of art pieces last December 18, 2017. This time, it was all about paintings done with coffee powder diluted in water. “MANGGAD” – coffee paintings by Carren Evangelista shows another treasure in the art by using coffee powder to express what she treasures as a child, a woman, and an artist.
In her first solo mini-exhibit of coffee paintings, Carren examined the concept of “Manggad”, a Hiligaynon word for “treasure”. What is really a treasure? What do you treasure? Who do you treasure?
The exhibit shows some of the personal memories of Carren in her childhood. She believes that childhood is a defining moment for any of us. It is the most important foundation that will direct one’s life in the future. In a matter of time, adulthood will reflect one’s childhood. These are embodied by her coffee paintings.
Alongside with childhood, it is the most fragile phase of human life. The virtue and personality honed in this phase will eventually decide either to make or break one’s future. The children in her coffee paintings 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.”Old portrait of Carren’s grandparents done when she was in 5th grade[/caption]
These virtues – simplicity, purity, and kindness – are not only exemplified in her coffee paintings, but also on the way she arranged the whole space. With toys, coloring materials, cassette, videotape, and some sparkling lights, the Book Latte Alternative Art Space is toned down to live like a child once again. What an experience!
The opening night was well supported and attended by Carren’s family and friends! This is just a simple way to celebrate her masterpieces and creativity.
“Manggad” Coffee Paintings by Carren Evengelista will run til January 17, 2018 here at Book Latte Alternative Art Space! Come and visit these art pieces!