April 17, 2024

In celebration of the Women’s Month, Baguio-based Swiss-Filipino artist Claire Jaun-Torres paid tribute to all women as she channels her interpretation of a woman’s love with the opening of her seventh exhibit in two years on March 16.

Entitled “Ayat ti Ilocana” (An Ilocano woman’s love), Torres brought her expressions of creativity from Baguio City where she was launched as a visual artist to Clark Marriott Hotel in Pampanga, to celebrate the remarkable creativity, resilience, and talent of Filipina artists.

An Ilocana born in Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, Torres went back to her roots to put into the canvas her definition of Ilocano women, who are endearinglyknown for their passion, love, temperament, power, and resilience.

Her selection of 10 artworks prominently displayed at the hotel lobby exudes elegance, unleashing powerful strokes that depict a woman’s vibrance and empowered character.

“It’s a sort of artistic awakening pursued, just like when I started painting and sharing it on an exhibit in Baguio two years ago, to share my talent and continue encouraging other women to pursue their passion,” Torres said.

According to Clark Marriott, the exhibit aims to celebrate the talent of Filipina artists, showcasing the diversity and depth of their work.

“Throughout history, women have played a crucial role in shaping the cultural landscape, yet their contributions have often been overlooked or undervalued. By highlighting the voices and experiences of women through art, we aim to challenge stereotypes, break barriers, and inspire future generations to reach their full potential,” the hotel management said in its social media page for the launching of Torres’ exhibit.

Torres, who does mixed medium modern abstract art, presented her first solo exhibit in the Philippines at SM City Baguio’s exhibit hall in March 2022, and later welcomed as a member of Pasakalye Group of Artists which supports home-grown Baguio artists.

After coming up with sought-after pieces, her launching spawned five more exhibits in Baguio, which has led to her latestAyat ti Ilocana.

During the exhibit’s opening, Atty. Pablito Sanidad, Jr. described Torres’ works as reflective of her humble beginnings showing her passion not only for the arts but also in lending a helping hand especially to those who are unfortunate in life.

Pasakalye Group of Artists founder Maricar Docyogen said it is an honor for the group to have seen Torres bloom into a successful artist and expressed hope to seeing her works continue to inspire not only Baguio, Clark, but all over the world.

The “Ayat ti Ilocana” exhibit runs until May 31. – Hanna C. Lacsamana