It all started when my friend, a model, a hiker, a swimmer, a writer, and a talented crochet artist, Christine Faith Lopez has sent me an invitation via Facebook messenger about an art festival that will happen at the very heart of the former army training camp, Fort Bonifacio (now Bonifacio Global City). That was on May 27th, and I said yes for she’ll be installing her crochet art there.
The said art fair, which run from June 10 to 11, 2017, was aptly titled, BGC Loves Local: Revealing the Beauty and Reach of Homegrown Talent and Creativity for it does really showed how talented Filipino visual artists, writers, poets, street dancers, musicians, and theater actors and actresses are. Indeed, the Philippines have been blessed not only with rich natural resources, but also with such talented, wonderful, warm, brave, and resilient peoples.
My plan is to get there by lunchtime, but Faith said, she’ll be there around 4:00 PM.
She needed some rest for they have finished installing her almost 5-foot installation art made of colorful crocheted yarn, soda can tabs, wood, chips of broken CDs, and other ornaments. She titled her work, The Patterns of the Universe, consisted of shapes that occultists and mystics call sacred geometry.
“We live in a universe of patterns,” wrote mathematician Ian Stewart, in his monumental book, Nature’s Numbers (New York: Basic Books, 1995).
And these patterns, for example the six-cornered snowflake or the circular pattern that a typhoon forms, seem to reaffirm the ancient belief that there’s Someone, whose intelligence could not be surpassed by anyone, has designed this world and the other worlds that we cannot see; but most of us firmly believe that they exist.
And these patterns, fractal or chaotic ones, create that strong link–that invisible string–between all creations of the Universe. As author Bruce Rawles said,
“In nature, we find patterns, designs and structures from the most minuscule particles, to expressions of life discernible by human eyes, to the greater cosmos. These inevitably follow geometrical archetypes, which reveal to us the nature of each form and its vibrational resonances. They are also symbolic of the underlying metaphysical principle of the inseparable relationship of the part to the whole. It is this principle of oneness underlying all geometry that permeates the architecture of all form in its myriad diversity. This principle of interconnectedness, inseparability and union provides us with a continuous reminder of our relationship to the whole, a blueprint for the mind to the sacred foundation of all things created.”
Her work resembles the famous dream catchers of the Native Americans.
According to legends, the first dream catcher was spun by Iktomi, and has a very profound meaning–it symbolizes the web of life, and it also serves as a filter against evil spirits that bring bad dreams.
Faith’s work has been complimented by the Filipinized totem pole, consists of the bulol or Ifugao “rice gods”; the baboy-ramo (wild boar); and the Philippine eagle. In semiotics, the bulol represents abundance, protection, and fertility. The wild boar, meanwhile, signifies courage and ferocity, according to a website dedicated to mythology and folklore. The Philippine eagle, of course, symbolizes freedom and power. However, according to another website, the eagle also reminds us that we need not to conform with the status quo, rather be free to different and reach your goals.
A totem pole, according to a website, is a representation of a legend or a clan story. It is also being erected to honor the dead, to shame someone, and to depict a clan’s status symbol in the community.
The two artworks seem to energetically complement each other. The totem pole reminds the audience the Filipino spirit, which is always buoyant and resilient, and Faith’s dream catchers (which represents sacred geometry) are but gentle reminders that if we have that strong belief and connection with the Divine Spirit, we can get through the passage of life.
Inside the tent are small booths selling works of local artists and crafters.
There were watercolor and acrylic paintings, beautiful prints, handcrafted leather notebooks and other niceties, hand-painted tote bags, wire crafts, just to name a few. It is just so wonderful to see young artistic people join together, sharing stories with customers, and selling their crafts. Unfortunately, I have no spare money to buy that beautiful painting of a bird made by a lady artist whose name I cannot recall. Perhaps, the rain has something to do with it. It was raining the whole afternoon until early evening, but it didn’t stop the crowd, especially the members of the Move Manila.
That night of June 10, indeed is a night to remember for it was a night of pure bliss–beautiful performances, nice artworks from different artists, good food at the nearby food stalls, and of course, there was a freedom in mind, body, and spirit.