Visual-Performance artist and ACC Fellow Aze Ong joins the best in Philippine contemporary art at the annual Art Fair Philippines with her piece “Transcendence.”
“Fiber is my weapon,” remarks Aze Ong, one of the foremost artists delving into, expanding, and re-interpreting the traditions and techniques of craft. Her mode of creation is crocheting, which is inflected with the usual feminine associations but, in the hands of the artist, transforms into a malleable vehicle through which solitude, self-regeneration, spirituality may be conducted.
One of Ong’s biggest works to date, “Transcendence” is charged by a highly generative and intuitive process, which the artist learned from her observations of the weavers of the Talaandig indigenous group in Bukidnon.
She views her work as a way to negotiate the physical and the spiritual worlds, the crocheting process a necessary incantation permitting the transference of energies between the two. Draped, hanging, and undulating in space, “Transcendence” symbolizes the web-relations of all things, that whatever we may have lost is but transformed and vivid elsewhere. (Words by Carlomar Daoana)
Experience Ong’s work onsite at the Ayala Triangle Gardens as part of ArtFairPh/PROJECTS curated by Norman Crisologo. See more works by other top artists exhibited via the websites and locales of participating Galleries. Art Fair Philippines opens on March 23 with artist’s talks, film showing, tours, workshops and demos (open studio) and other special events.
Photo by Jojo Gloria/Art Fair Philippines
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