Us humans are made for infinite purpose. We might not aware of it, but self-discovery is one of the essential need of every individual. To know our significance and leave a mark in this world we live in. But with the rush and buzz of our daily grinds, we tend to lose sight of who we are; making us blinded to what our “self” really looks like.
For the month of July-August, artist Ambie Abaῆo will take us to a journey of self-discovery that’s not time bound but infinite. In her pursuit to understanding the ‘self,’ Ambie Abaño probes into the essence of the ‘Self,’ detached from the context of time. In her exhibition “…in the constant rain…,” she tackles the subject with a body of works in large format engraved wood, explorative woodcut prints and installation.
“‘Self’ is a constant. ‘Self’ transcends time.” – Ambie Abaño-
This award-winning artist showcase her artworks and mounts a solo exhibition at the Galleria Duemila from July 13-August 31,2019 for the first time. In a solemn gallery, Ambie’s large format engraved wood will take you on a journey of looking to different perspective of human life. “…in the constant rain…,” she emphasizes that our lives are not time-bound, but TIMELESS; living in an infinite memory.
Behind the Artist
Ambie Abaño started painting and exhibiting in 1986. In the following year, she won the Grand Prize in the Painting Category of the Art Association of the Philippines Open Art Competition. In 1998, she started to create prints at the workshop of the Philippine Association of Printmakers in CCP Complex where she continues to work, conduct workshops and actively participate in printmaking projects.
In 2006 her explorative print won the Grand Prize in the Philip Morris Philippine Art Awards. In 2017 her woodcut was among the ‘Winning Works’ at the Hida-Takayama International Woodblock Prints Triennale in Japan. As the first recipient of the Alliance Française de Manille – Philippine Artist Residency Program, she went on a three-month artist residency at the Cité Internationale des arts in Paris in 2011 while also attending printmaking workshop at la Taille Douce .
In 2012, as grantee of the Asian Cultural Council, she spent a six-month artist residency in New York – at the International Studio and Curatorial Program for three months and attended workshops at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. Throughout her practice, she has mounted 23 solo exhibitions and participated in over a hundred group shows in the Philippines and abroad.