Five artists create a ‘beautiful world’

Five artists create a ‘beautiful world’

by Tet Rivera on February 23, 2012 - 11:39 am

Five women artists—three of whom are part of the University—lent their visions of a “Beautiful World” in an exhibit so-titled that went on display until February 17.

CRC associate director Dr. Bett Ramirez, UA&P finance director Ms. Lydia Yuson, and School of Sciences and Engineering faculty member Ms. Leni Grace Sunico joined bankers and fellow painters Babes Yuson and Leni de Leon to present their collection of works depicting the grandeur of nature.

All fully dedicated to their professions, the artists came together a few years ago to paint on Saturdays in pursuit of a common passion for shapes, space and color.

Dr. Ramirez comments that the theme of the exhibit is straightforward – the paintings show how the artists share and wish to share to the viewers, a beautiful world.

The educator’s Bamboo series offers a distinct style suggesting her maturity as an artist. Although she believes that wisdom does come with age, Dr. Ramirez was anxious of falling into the stereotypical expert who can only offer conventional depictions of people and experiences. She aspires always maintain an open-mind, and use her art “to train the mind,” she says.

The bamboo painting experiment was thus inspired by her brief stay in a place in La Union where bamboo grows topically. “I probably inhaled the bamboo scent and when I exhaled, they took the form of paintings,” she says, explaining how she decided to remove all the greens and replaced these with various other colors in a series of 11 paintings.

Ms. Lydia Yuson meanwhile considers painting as a “necessary stress-reliever.” In contrast to a fast-paced world, she paints to create mementos of the places she’s been to, aiming recreate her experiences from memory.

Her piece “Grand Design” was borne from a trip to Palawan, while “Cool and Green” was finished after a visit to Baguio’s Camp John Hay in Baguio. Seeing familiar sights of familiar places, one can create connections between their memories and those of the artist.

That painting is a therapy, Ms. Leni de Leon agrees. She describes her works as “happy paintings,” since she tries to paint only when she’s happy in hopes of communicating the same feeling in the viewers. After all, in creating art, she believes one should not be mechanical.

Ms. Babes Yuson, on the other hand, sees painting as a “temporary escape” that allows a kind of freedom to create things as one wills. This is especially meaningful for her, having been in the corporate world where things may not necessarily go as planned.

“When things cannot be explained anymore, and you want things to happen painting allows you the flexibility to create things, and to start from scratch,” she says.

Through their paintings, she wishes the viewers can be reminded of how one can “own a place and its beauty.”

This was affirmed by Ms. Leni Sunico who says that as artists, they want to share what is beautiful, something “people want to put on their walls.” A scientist, Ms. Sunico does painting in her spare time to revel in “simple things” like flowers and landscapes that, for her, can effectively can remind people of beauty. #

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