SAL PONCE ENRILE | Philippines
For Sal Ponce Enrile , art is an agent of transformation . For many years Ponce Enrile occupied a prominent public post in her native Philippines, serving her people with dedication. Painting gives expression to her vulnerable, personal self. Yet Ponce Enrile also views her art as embodying the resiliency and vibrancy of her people.
Sal creates complex abstract compositions, using mixed media, and a variety of textures. Many of her paintings are blurred out or grayed over like memories of a forgotten era. Working primarily in acrylic and mixed media on canvas, her brushstrokes look more like scribbles on a chalkboard, lightly hovering against a dark background. In other pieces, she uses bold definitive marks that jump out at the viewer, creating moments of contrast and tension in the frame. She likens her work to controlled chaos where an overall cohesive effect unites an array of bright and energetic brushstrokes. This sense of unity permeates her work, bringing together a range of different styles and techniques under one roof.
“Exposing one’s self through art is very liberating—it gives permission to vulnerability. Art comforts the senses and purges them from unwanted tensions.”
“Painting is a form of self-expression and exploration while achieving a higher purpose in the process. It is not merely recreation nor reflection but driven by a passion to make sense of this creative energy by using it as an instrument to pursue a more meaningful mission which is to continue my advocacy of helping others.”
Sal’s work has been getting international attention. She was launched as part of UK-based DragonArt.io, a modern legacy platform, in Marbella, Spain in November 2018. Her works were exhibited at the Artexpo New York last April, 2019 and currently displayed in private collections in Germany, New York, California and the Philippines.
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