“I am not really familiar with Bautista and his work. This project was a good opportunity for me to read some of his important texts, an exercise of thoughtful reading. I have to confess, it’s my first time reading Bautista. When the curator gave me the materials, I read it spontaneously but nothing really registered, with his complex words I needed to read it a second time. Through the second glance
and collected words missed, multiple connections were plucked as if I was fishing or counting stars
– so many on a vast sky.

As an artist, I don’t want to merely illustrate what the text is about, nor to show or visualize what Cirilo Bautista’s words are in pictures. As respect to his significant world-making through words, I wanted to have a new relationship with him through new visuals, a new world-making. I came up with Crackling for a Piece of the Moon, 2020. The work talks about history and memory, its ambiguous state connecting the present and the future and the complexities that it constructs, and interrelating it
to the objects found – old photographs of my grandparents. I found them several years ago and kept scans, not the front images but the back sides, “tablets of time” as Bautista would describe,
the “the landscape of people’s desires.” “

“I want the viewers to look into different perspectives, in multi-layers, in multiverse… the same as I see the text. Not purely illustrating or explaining it. The viewers can see the work in their own ways – based on their backgrounds, experiences, etc. The work is just the starting point in revealing immense meanings and energies.

I found photographs of my grandparents’ several years ago and scanned the back side and thinking
of using it as a material for a future project, an exhibition, publication or something… it’s a good coincidence I was invited for a publication project and was given 100% freedom to create something
in line with Cirilo Bautista’s text. I am very happy that it will be presented on this occasion.”

“It’s really hard to make work during the lockdown, anxiously waiting what to expect in the coming days, weeks, months, so for me I took it easy. I say productive but reflective.
Not making grand new works but looking back as a way to connect to the slowness and weariness of the pandemic. It’s like looking at old albums, archives,
photographs as this has a relation to what will be the future.”