Business Mirror, 14 August 2013

The Artist and the Symbols


No mysterious air surrounds her, and perhaps that is what which lends most to her mystique. she comes, she goes. She embarks on her \ travels, a few days here, a month or two there. This wisp of a child-woman has engaged on a discovery of her Asian roots, traipsing through the nooks and crannies of Thailand and Hong Kong, to the less-traveled routes of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, before yielding to the irresistible pull of India and Nepal.

Each homecoming is followed by an outpouring of veiled thoughts and emotions on canvas using oils and acrylic. Inspired by German symbologist Gustav Klimt and the dynamic renditions of Frida Kahlo, Mexico’s painter of renown, Katrina - or simply Kat - has embarked on a very similar vein of artistry: colors, symbols, portraits of enigmatic
women. A case in point is Ceasing to Bleed, showing a woman in Vietnamese attire surrounded by a halo of flowers and brilliant colors, her arm outstretched, sporting a long, savage gash but blood no longer streaming from it. It was done after a deep, personal loss.

Katrina is prolific, rendering both commissioned and gallery artworks with prodigious output, and which find their way to buyers and collectors soon enough. A magna cum laude graduate of the Fine Arts in the University of the Philippines, Katrina Pallon promises to conquer both frontiers of classroom and gallery. Collectors have begun to
take notice of her obras as she continues her artistic journeys of discovery littered with symbols.

Ongoing until August 20 is Illuminata, an exhibition showcasing 12 paintings by Katrina Pallon (www.katrinapallon.com). The artworks are on view at LRI Design Plaza, Nicanor Garcia Street, Bel Air II, Makati City.

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