Sayang


is a 12 work series on personal ruminations as portraits between 2020 to 2021. Sayang is a Filipino term that roughly translates to "wasted time or opportunity".It can refer to food left uneaten, a missed connection or years spent on a "fruitless" endeavor.

The word is also often used to refer to people themselves - "Sayang siya" [They have been wasted]- if that person has encountered loss or has not fulfilled certain social milestones in comparison to their peers.

The figures in these portraits both exist and resist within this experience of sayang.

“If I’m going to be sad, let me at least be beautiful.”  

 

Works





Manang [older sister]
Digital Painting
1897 x 2270 px
2021








Ghostress of painting
Digital Painting
4498 x 6000 px
2021






“Haha ok lang” [Haha it’s okay]
Digital Painting
4498 x 6000 px
2021






Swim to Siargao
Digital Painting
1800 x 2100 px
2021







Init ulo [hot head]
Digital Painting
1800 x 2100 px
2021







Split end
Digital Painting
2122 x 2729 px
2021







Sharpest at my softest
Digital Painting
1800 x 2100 px
2021







Dating dinatnang dalumhati sa dating app [Former sorrows from a dating app]
Digital Painting
1749 x 2100 px
2021






Fireworks, airstrikes, meteorites
Digital Painting
2112 x 2579 px
2021






You’ll never see a sunset like me
Digital Painting
2048 x 2732 px
2021







Moonlit eczema
Digital Painting
1800 x 2100 px
2021








Ube [purple yam]
Digital Painting
1800 x 2100 px
2021











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