By Marivir R. Montebon
New York City — Three Filipina artists are relentless in sharing their creativity in visual arts in various parts of the world. Ivabelle Bernabe, from Brisbane, says art heals, referring to her personal journey of healing from a disease through art therapy. For her abstract works, she uses water color.
For Mona Lunot Kuker, who is based in New York, art is an expression for social change, as she is very much a believer of people’s movements to create change locally and globally. She uses acrylic and water color. And for Fe Madrid, from Cebu, art is simply personal enjoyment, mainly self-taught and learning from her own husband, the renowned Celso Pepito and company of artists. She uses watercolor and pastel for her works.
In any case, the art works of these Filipina artists have created impact in their communities and beautified the interiors of which these are housed.
The women artists have made strides to teach children to use their talents in painting as a way of self-expression.
I paint from an inner impulsion, free from any worry of what the critic may think or feel. Satisfaction, to me, comes from knowing that I have expressed my thoughts, desires and uncertainty in my paintings.
Mona Lunot Kuker
I believe that art is an essential tool to promote an impact for social change. Art can be the expression of the hidden tears and voices of the marginalized peoples. It does not have boundaries, rules or limitations.
My work of art is a personal matter and my act of painting is a moment of pure enjoyment.