Los Banos, Philippines
48.000 x 36.000 x 1.500 inches
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Painting - Acrylic On Canvas
This is a painting on Filipino-American identity crisis represented by various visual elements.
The American flag and Philippine flag have been deconstructed as the background. The three stars of the Philippine flag can be seen mixed with other stars. The sun is found in the window with the rice farmers. The sun casts its light on 2 figures that still retain their Filipino identity.
The paper boat and plane represents travel. Filipinos travel to the land of the stars and stripes to pursue their American dream. The egg under the stars and the stripes represents ‘Filipinos’ who were born in the US.
The man wearing a barong with an eagle on his arm represents a newly arrived Filipino still nurturing his American identity.
The man with the glasses is blind and is still searching for his Filipino identity since he was born under the stars and stripes.
The man wearing a coat, native backpack, wearing native slippers, with a plate of burger, fries and sapin-sapin has found his identity. He is half of each one – a Filipino and an American at the same time. The mirrors with the half moons represent half of each identity.
Manny Pacquiao in the background, I believe, became a catalyst for Fil-Americans to come together and take pride in their culture and nationality.
January 23rd, 2013
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