The series "Cityscapes/Dreamscapes"
was inspired by my dreams, as well as, by my reality as an immigrant.
My dreams have always been populated
by an odd mixture of people that I knew when I lived in the Philippines, and those that I know here in the US. At the same
time, the places I dream of is a smooth yet confusing blend of locations that are half here, half there. With some nostalgia,
I often wake up chasing after my dream.
With these visions and emotions in
mind, I have sewn together black and white photographs taken near our house in the Philippines with colored ones taken
in Brooklyn. Pairing up photographs that show similarities, contrasts and/or complementing relationships, I used the process
of sewing to imply interconnections between past and present and the act of reconciling the two. In addition, I picked up
patterns from the black and white print and sewed it into the colored one, further blending the two into a single narration
as it is in my dreams.
In Logs and Wires, for example,
the conspicuous transplantation of the barbed wire-surrounded log is like my own transplantation, addled by struggles of
trying blend in with my surroundings. In Champion Hope, billboards from a corner store promoting the cigarette
brands Hope and Champion are transformed into a slogan, reminding myself of my reason for moving to the US.
Having lived here now for 10 years,
dreaming have always served as my homecoming of sorts, confounding yet comforting.