EGO ALTAR

 

JK my heart is so big, you can fit right in 800

MY HEART IS SO BIG, YOU CAN FIT RIGHT IN
Mixed media on wood, 2017
19 x 10 inches

JK saccharine dreams and marmalade skies 800

SACCHARINE DREAMS & MARMALADE SKIES
Mixed media on wood, 2017
11 ¾ x 13 ¾ inches

JK trust me, it's paradise 800

TRUST ME, IT’S PARADISE!
Mixed media on wood, 2017
17 x 12 inches

JK take a bite, it's alright 800

TAKE A BITE, ITS ALRIGHT
Mixed media on wood, 2017
12 x 14 ¼ inches

JK you want a piece of me? 800

YOU WANT A PIECE OF ME?
Mixed media on wood, 2017
16 ½ X 9 ¾ inches

JK o sleep come for me 800

O SLEEP, COME FOR ME
Mixed media on wood, 2017
14 ¾ x 12 ¼ inches

JK le sirenuse 800

LE SIRENUSE
Mixed media on wood, 2017
16 ½ X 9 ¾ inches

JK coffee, tea or me? 800

COFFEE, TEA OR ME?
Mixed media on wood, 2017
16 ½ X 9 ¾ inches

JK maria ambrosia 800

MARIA AMBROSIA
Mixed media on wood, 2017
19 x 10 inches

JK oink shanti 800

OINK SHANTI
Mixed media on wood, 2017
16 ½ X 9 ¾ inches

JK selfieschtick 800

S E L F I E S C H T I C K
Mixed media on wood, 2017
16 ½ X 9 ¾ inches

JK ofrenda 800

OFRENDA
Mixed media on wood, 2017
16 ½ X 9 ¾ inches

JK tower of babel 800

TOWER OF BABEL
Mixed media on wood, 2017
16 ½ X 9 ¾ inches

JK the waves brought us here 800

THE WAVES BROUGHT US HERE
Mixed media on wood, 2017
17 ¾ x 11 ½ inches

* These are handmade mixed media collage on wood, using cut-out photographs I shot during my various travels.  

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EGO ALTAR in CASA San Miguel

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Ego Altar mural

The moment you become aware of the ego in you, it is strictly speaking no longer the ego, but just an old, conditioned mind-pattern. Ego implies unawareness. Awareness and ego cannot coexist. Eckhart Tolle

The meaning of “ego,” the Latin word for “I” has evolved throughout centuries. Now, it connotes an exaggerated sense of self, synonymous with conceit.

But if used in its original sense, an ego is a key component of survival. The search for identity, the need to satisfy the self, the act of asserting one’s existence in this world are all in accordance with our nature as humans. But if the ego is fed in excess, the act may be called hedonistic; and the things we constantly feed ourselves with are obsessions.

For intermedia artist Jazel Kristin, travel and food are important aspects of her life; she might even call them her obsessions. To deal creatively with these obsessions, she created mixed media collages of images from her various travels in Japan, New York, Mexico, Portugal, Poland, Greece, and Turkey.

During her residency at CASA San Miguel in Zambales in the Philippines, Kristin chose from among her cut-up photographs and mounted them on found wood. Her mantra during the creation: “Trust where your creative source is taking you. Detach from the outcome.” Trusting the universe allowed her to let go of her photographs—to cut, paint, gild, and burn them. Each artwork became a conscious breath, each narrative an awakening.

A continuation of her exhibition “I Consume Therefore I Am” shown in France in 2010 and Philippines in 2012, EGO ALTAR marks the beginning of a transformative journey. In this journey, she met people with different backgrounds from different countries but bounded by the same stories of feeding the ego. Through this experience, Jazel also discovered new things that consumed and eventually inspired her, allowing her to know herself in a deeper sense.

EGO ALTAR acknowledges the things that feed our ego, and places them at the center of reflection—in this case, in “altars”—and be at peace with them. This then is an ode to letting go as much as it is to holding on to humanity.

Agay LLanera

ASIA WOMEN ARTISTS, Jeonbuk Museum of Art, Korea

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  • Asia Contemporary Art Exhibition 2017
    “Asian Women Artists”

    Date : 1(Fri) September – 3(Sun) December, 2017

    Opening : 1(Fri) September 16:00
    Venue : Jeonbuk Museum of Art in Jeonbuk Province of Korea
    Type : painting, installation and mixed media etc.
    Conference : 2(Sat) September 10:00-16:00

    Exhibition Features: The 3rd Asia Contemporary Art Exhibition this year will focus on the artistic, social and feminine characteristics of Asian female artists’ fine works. The works of Asian female artists reflect their Distinctive Sensibility/Sense, Sociality, and the Unique Characteristics as well as Feminism. We will invite 24 female artists from about 10 countries in Asia.

    Artists
    CHINA_ Zhen Guo, Xiuwen Cui
    TAIWAN_ Hai-Hsin Huang
    JAPAN_ Pyuupiru
    PHILIPPINES_ JAZEL KRISTIN
    TURKEY_ Leman Sevda Daricioğlu
    MONGOLIA_ Nandin Erdene Budzagd
    INDONESIA_ Dita Gambiro
    VIETNAM_ Linh Phuong Nguyen
    BANGLADESH_ Bubly Barna
    KOREA_ Suknam Yun, kangja Jung, Seola Kim, Seongeun Kang
    Hayoon Jay Lee, Hyunduck Kang, Loc Hyun Lee
    Yoon Hee Suh, Sook Jin Jo, Yurim Cha
    Sung-ae Park, Mackerel Safranski, Jun Ahn, Boyun Ko

I-Witness documentary – BUSAL (“MUZZLED”) wins in US IFVF

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It is widely known that in the anti-drug campaign of the present administration in the Philippines, it is the poor that is mostly affected. Most of those who are killed comes from the poor segment of society. And as it happens, the voices of the poor remain unheard. This documentary was made to provide a platform for members of the urban poor to air their grievances and hopes. It gives a face on the direct consequences of the anti-drug campaign through the eyes of those who belong to this marginalized sector of society.

Busal* first aired in the Philippines last October 22, 2016 on GMA-7.

Executive Producer: ISEL CARINGAL
Director: JAZEL KRISTIN VILLAMARIN
Writers: JANUS VICTORIA, ISEL CARINGAL, HOWIE SEVERINO
Researcher: ICIA DE GUZMAN
Camera: CHRISTIAN CARREON
Video editors: TIN MACATULAD-CHUA, ISABELLE ESTEIN, FREDIE ABRIL

CLICK TO WATCH FULL EPISODE: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/video/388249/iwitness/i-witness-busal-dokumentaryo-ni-howie-severino–full-episode

“BUSAL,” an I-Witness documentary

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In poor, crowded neighborhoods in the Philippines, nights are pierced by the cries of the survivors.

They wail while fathers, sons, and lovers are carried out of their homes lifeless or after they’re found on the street as the handiwork of masked assassins.

For many TV viewers these days, the screaming and weeping are the voices of the poor that they most commonly hear.

To produce “Busal”, Howie Severino and his documentary team seek out the normal voices of the poor – the storytellers and explainers, and even stage actors.

They meet Lilian, an artistic grandmother who is raising her grandchild in Manila North Cemetery, while eking out a living among the dead.

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They chill with Christian, an enterprising 20-year-old who grew up under a bridge and put himself through school. He now teaches at-risk youth.

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They shadow Waldo, an unusually articulate homeless man who drives a tricycle by day and sleeps in it by night wherever the cops won’t drive him away.

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The three converge in a play that they help stage for a VIP audience. Through song, humor and dialogue, they voice the daily humiliations and dangers that mark the lives of the urban poor.

Together they push back against the tide of dehumanization of the destitute that has made killing them increasingly acceptable.

*Busal: the Filipino word for muzzle
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I-WITNESS: B U S A L

(Busal* first airs in the Philippines on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2016. 11 P.M. on GMA-7)

Executive Producer: ISEL CARINGAL
Director: JAZEL KRISTIN VILLAMARIN
Writers: JANUS VICTORIA, ISEL CARINGAL, HOWIE SEVERINO
Researcher: ICIA DE GUZMAN
Camera: CHRISTIAN CARREON
Video editors: TIN MACATULAD-CHUA, ISABELLE ESTEIN, FREDIE ABRIL

CLICK TO WATCH FULL EPISODE: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/video/388249/iwitness/i-witness-busal-dokumentaryo-ni-howie-severino–full-episode

SPAM video works screening > ESCAPE2016: ILOVEYOU virus bi-annual exhibition

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THE CROSSING  (5 minutes / no natsot / aegean sea)

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“How do I navigate your cerulean?  Do I drown in it or do I set sail?”

The girl escaped
and crossed the tormenting sea,
the sea that divides and connects us all.

What has become of her,
why she fled,
we are not sure.

What she left behind
were mere remnants
of her existence.

LANDeSCAPE (Athens, Greece)

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There is a place away from it all, covered with red volcanic soil, surrounded by blue violet rock formation, and divided by white sea foam. A place that seems utterly familiar, yet feels completely strange.

The girl fled and crossed the orange sea, the sea that divides and connects us all. She looked around and tried to make sense of her surroundings… She gathered things during her walks and tried to build a home.

Laid out on the ground is an assemblage of rusty metal scraps; perhaps a cryptic message depicting tremors and vibrations – of the volcano, of her heart, we don’t know. What we know is that if you count the number of beats, that’s how long she sought refuge in this island.

What has become of her, why she fled, we are not sure. What was left was just a remnant of her existence and how she turned this place into a temporary home.

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“HOW MY HEART BEHAVES” [Found Objects , PLAYnting]

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“HOW MY HEART BEHAVES” (detail)

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“REFUGE” (foreground) [Found Objects]

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“COMFORT IN YOUR STRANGENESS” [Found Objects, Playnting]

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“EVIL EYE” [Found Objects]

In Athens, intermedia artist Jazel Kristin joined a group of social workers who taught art to child refugees. The artist asked them to draw their wishes and this is what they made.

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Visitors of the exhibition were also asked to draw their wishes.

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