Lifted Veils by Ambie Abaño

Lifted Veils by Ambie Abaño

Altro Mondo Arte Contemporanea in cooperation with the Asian Cultural Council Philippines is pleased to present Lifted Veils, an exhibition of new works by Ambie Abaño at the Altro Mondo Arte Contemporanea (3rd Floor, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City).

When Ambie Abaño does portraits, the faces are not mere replicas of the sitter or of the subject, but carriers of stories. The artist and her carving tools weave these “stories” to the way Abaño sees their faces. Then, she further integrates her own fascination for faces that do not merely reflect shallow beauty but allow the viewer to traverse the formulated contours. In Abaño’s works, personality takes several steps back to allow possible personas to emerge.

By calling her exhibit “Lifted Veils,” Abaño creates an interesting discussion on woman as subject or object of art and woman as a practitioner of the arts. To some, veils are a symbol of enclosure as ascribed by several cultures’ gender roles and hierarchies. To others, veils are a means of protection or a sign of both safety and humility. Abaño does not engage in cultural vis a vis theocratic debates in this exhibit, rather this is her way of dealing with intimacy and projection of the subject to be negotiated by the artist herself. In this exhibit, Abaño ‘lifts veils’ as a means to implement revelation of persona in her canvases, wood panels and paper.

Self-assuredAbaño currently teaches printmaking at the University of the Philippines (Diliman) College of Fine Arts. She is also a senior member of the Philippine Association of Printmakers. Her works have been exhibited abroad. She has been a recipient of grants from the Asian Cultural Council (ACC) and the Alliance Française de Manille Philippine Artist Residency Program (PARP), which has given Abaño the opportunity to go on extended visits to the art and culture capitals of New York and Paris.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the artworks will be for the benefit of the Asian Cultural Council Philippines Fellowship Program.