Michael Vincent Manalo- “Life has always been a fascination to me; from those inevitable school fights during the elementary years to those wild days of puberty; from the lonesome people in the parks to the 8-inched mohawked people during concerts; from feeling someone else’s warmth to dealing with the blackness within. There were a lot of emotions - pain, happiness, love and warmth, glory, success, failures, torture, jealousy, excitement, rage, pride. All these converged and met at a common point in time and space and created who I am, what I want to explore and what I hope to achieve.
Vast images come to my mind each day as a result of the radical emotions that fill me in each heartbeat. I try to recreate it as soon as I could by combining photographs and techniques in illustration to recreate those concepts in mind. I forge these images and try to relate them to the popular tales of human drama. I try to recreate these stories by illustrating my own interpretations of these emotions or sometimes literally creating the picture wherein the emotion can be distinguished.
When I started, I wasn’t aware that I started a quest: so for now, until I decide to stop, I will try to free people’s minds, and allow them to withdraw from reality and give them the opportunity to dig into a wild roller coaster of a vivid dream.”
Title: The many faces of a heartbeat- Digital Mixed Media- 100x50cm 2013 $1300 (Editions of 10)
By Beili Liu,The Mending Project, a favourite piece of mine from last year, interacting with her audience asking them to cut a segment of fabric from a large cloth which then required the artist to stitch it back together in a huge patchwork. All the time set on edge by the imposing pairs of dagger-down scissors floating above her. Watch a clip of the installation here.
By Camila Carlow, these stunning floral sculptures of human organs really capture anatomical form and nature in each piece. The temporary nature of blossoms also gives the work a hint at mortality and the human condition—they’re wonderful, it’s fairly easy to work out which is what organ!
"This work invites the viewer to regard our vital structures as beautiful living organisms, and to contemplate the miraculous work taking place inside our bodies, even in this very moment,"