“My experience with Cirilo Bautista was interesting. I don’t have a lot of experience reading poetry,
so it was a bit intimidating at first. One thing I like about Cirilo Bautista’s work is it’s rich with imagery. My strategy was to do automatic drawings based on the first images I think of when I read the work.
I didn’t force myself to exactly depict what he was saying, rather, I tried to add another layer
of abstraction on top of his metaphors.
I want the people who will see the zine and my work to be able to have a conversation
with the drawings, just like how I wasn’t merely depicting Cirilo Bautista’s work but reacting
to it as well. That’s the reason why I left a space for people to write or draw on.
This is not a monologue.”
“At first I was stuck because my usual process has a lot of editing and composing. For my works for Telex Moon, I forced myself to just let my hand do the talking.
I did not sketch, I drew directly with brush and ink. Like a stenographer.
I think this series of works is a turning point for me. Working on Telex Moon presented me with a new way of working, especially with source material like poetry. I did not require myself to force the assigned meanings and values of images. It expanded my way of meaning-making and this work made me trust my subconscious and intuition more.”
“Having to transfer studios and being in a huge transition period of my life while we’re all experiencing this pandemic really took its toll on me. This is the reason why my works are smaller than usual.
That offered more of an advantage, though. They’re not “polished” works but they are a bit autobiographical. The works also offered me a glimpse of my internal world, how this connects
with what’s happening all around us and what it means to be a body.”