“I am amazed at the range of Cirilo Bautista’s subjects and contexts of Bautista’s poems, from historical horizons to the timeless emotions of fear, anger, longing; from the dimensions
of memory to the presentness of the social turmoil.

His poems are the intimate sharing of his thoughts and thus the lines are self-referenced
from his personal travels, readings, experiences and others. But there are wide windows
that we can look from to view the socio-political milieu of the past decades.

I embarked on interacting with his poetry by writing my own lines not necessarily following the same trajectory, but lines that can be launched from the same poem’s plane. I created artworks rooted
on these lines, re-etched from Bautista’s poetry. The artworks are abstract visualizations of the re-etched lines that were prompted by the cited poems or lines within the poem.

The challenge is in the act of drawing out of water from the poetry well of Bautista and in the pouring of it as “re-born” water to inhabit the various derivative artworks, which in turn acted as the new container of the original poems.”

“Through the wide windows in Bautista’s poetry, which he swung open, we can start to understand his bearings as well as behold the country and the people both from the deeper and higher horizon.
This was my inspiration in creating the “Re-Etched Lines.”
I used abstraction through layers of metaphors and their subsequent rounds of abstraction, which resulted in derivative artworks. The pandemic gave me the luxury of time.

I thought early on not to directly interpret Cirilo Bautista’s poems by translating the lines literally
into two-dimensional artworks. I decided not to lift the contained images in the poems and land them as compositional elements in the artworks. I wanted to have my own intimate interpretation through my understanding of his poetry by writing poems out of this interpretation and in turn,
use these to explore and develop the artworks. Cirilo Baustista’s poems
acted as the grandfather to the artworks.”