When I was younger, I wasn’t really around many artists, so I had little clue on how they worked or their place in the “rat race”. So, imagine my surprise when I discovered that I was an artist. I was in denial for a time, but I’ve come to terms with it. Moreover, I realized that that they are an integral part of everyday lives. Imagine a life without art!
I became a photographer in 2006 when I moved to Toronto, Canada for postgraduate studies in marketing. My family said I needed to find a job to support myself and everyone was in shock when it was a job in the field of art.
Artist: Luigi La Ferla
Since then, I have had a few jobs – including corporate jobs; but I balance myself with the artist inside me. I grew up in Manila, and as of writing, art is not a priority in the country. Reasonably so, due to the socio-economic status of majority of the population.
Work by Omar Mahfoudi.
Imagine a place where you can interact with artists using multi-mediums and of various disciplines – SOLD!
I loved how Luca Pellizzari held his pencil with such grace.
Through the work of each individual, one could truly sense the world in their mind’s eye. The following artist is David Twose.
“Fuck! Pas de Wi-Fi” installation by Gaspard Delanoe.
Artist photographed below is Eve Tesorio.
It was a pleasure exchanging stories and delving deeper into their world.
I spoke lengthily with two artists, first is Sandra because I was inspired to see how simple pages can be transformed to a piece amalgamated with such meaning.
The last artist I spoke with was Helen – absolutely adored the simple complexities in her work! It spoke so much to me and we lengthily chatted about a collaboration (if you’re reading this, I’m still on that!).
How she transforms simple curves and lines into shapes and forms that invoke such emotion and meaning is a present mystery.Should I have not been traveling with one suitcase, I would have shopped for some art here. But I remain optimistic, who knows – one day I’ll return and buy tons of art from these amazing artists! If you are in a position to do so, I say visit the place and support artists.
Photos and words: @RitzMarie