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Tuesday 28th March 2017

MYRIAD – Solo Exhibition by Cherie A Bitanga

 
Opening Reception: Saturday, 22 April 2017 (4.00 - 8.00pm)
Exhibition Dates: 22 April – 18 June, 2017
Venue: Di Legno Gallery
 
Di Legno Gallery is pleased to present Myriad, the first solo exhibition by Filipino artist Cherie A Bitanga. Opening on 22 April 2017, this exhibition would be available for public viewing until 18 June 2017.
 
 
Myriad introduces 10 new paintings, each speaking of a rich and deeply-moving narrative crafted by Bitanga. A testament and tribute to her personal life experiences, she believes that Myriad puts the spotlight on “the woman who blooms where life takes her, the story she carries, and the culture that makes [her] heart sing.”
  
Considering this, it might come as a surprise that some of the featured paintings convey a sense of conformity – women standing together, decked in traditional kebayas, all demure and quiet, ladylike and uniform. Yet, looking beneath the surface, we see that each and every one of them harbours a myriad of hopes and dreams as abundant as the colours that bloom across the canvas. Even as they stay rooted to their own culture and heritage, the women boldly set their sights on breaking new grounds and exploring new frontiers, and as such, rather than a sense of conformity, perhaps it would be more accurate to say that Myriad portrays an underlying spirit of conviction.
 
With this in mind, Bitanga’s vivid strokes and striking motifs not only share her journey, but also invite her audience to resonate with her insights. Beyond this, however, Bitanga’s art also fulfills a higher purpose: to inspire others to pursue their own paths in life.
 
Myriad is on show from 22 April to 18 June, 2017. Di Legno Gallery is located at 188-6, Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 436990, SG. For more details, please contact us at +65 6346 2012/ info@dilegno.sg or visit www.dilegnogallery.com
 
 
About the Artist
 
Born in the Philippines and having relocated to Singapore in 2010, Cherie A Bitanga did not have a traditional art background. Instead, her art was born from her creative inclinations that have also led her to venture into the fields of writing and design.
 
Bitanga’s artist career first began in 2003, where she exhibited oil pastels in Baguio City, Philippines, before moving on to creating and designing art for private and corporate clients such as Microsoft Philippines. Although she experienced a severe artist’s block from 2009 to 2012, Bitanga has since recovered and even started a workshop, titled “The Big Blank Page”, for adults who want to draw but fear they cannot – a position she deeply empathises with. Currently, she works as a pattern and surface designer and has even participated in Printsource 2016, a premier market for surface and textile designs.
 
For this exhibition, Bitanga weaves the Peranakan culture into her art as a way of harking back to her experiences in Singapore. She hopes that her pieces in this exhibition would reflect and illustrate her personal and professional journey that she has undertaken since her relocation.
 
 
by Charlotte Ong

Posted on March 28th 2017 on 07:49am
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