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2017 - 2022

Making of olisi

This is my initial project that coincided with my journey into FMA. All designs are inspired by indigenous Filipino culture each telling a story of history, people, and country.  The olisi are made of a hard Tasmanian oak wood or a Filipino rattan vine. Designs are burned onto the olisi using a pyrography tool, dried with the option to varnish.  They are all individually handmade in Melbourne Australia and can take up to 1-4 weeks to complete. Take a look behind selected works, their meanings, and the journey in personalising olisi designs.

April - June 2021


FMA practitioners around the world sharing the relevance of training by the ocean

The ocean is a frontier between humans and the environmental space. It is a place of negotiation with natural elements. There is an aesthetic and moral interaction that takes place where the artist performs with natures surfaces not altering its state but flowing with the sound and sight of water. And nature supports this artistic expression as a participating co-agent. Yet nature is fearfully sublime and unpredictable therefore the artists train on natures terms as it interacts through resistance and receptivity. The effects of wind, temperamental waters, shifting sands, shells, rocks, and slippery surfaces all remind us of our own strength and fragility in the face of natures energy.

Training by the ocean is unique to FMA and is embedded in FMA culture and Filipino history. I've asked a few people to share their thoughts and how this relates to them today and its significance to their training.


Coming Soon

Contemporary indigenous discourse in relation to FMA

A series of videos discussing indigeneity and its relevance and impact on FMA.

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