Jenny Marsha Agtani’s lifestyle revolves around drawing, painting and teaching. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree and a Master’s degree in Educational Management from Saint Louis University.
But painting is her first love, hence she is spreading knowledge and inspiration thru her art works. Her works entitled “Mimesis” is now being exhibited at the Baguio Museum until May 23.
According to the Google definition mimesis is a term used in philosophy and literary criticism. It describes the process of imitation or mimicry through which artists portray and interpret the world.
By Jenny’s words, “the portraits in her exhibit are expressions of men and women that depict mimicries of their facial expressions and emotions.”
Some of those painted are movie actors and well-known personalities and artists like Vincent Van Gogh, Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Korean actor Hyun Bin of ‘Crash landing on You, Wednesday Adams and Baguio Mayor Benjie Magalong.
“Magaling siyang magpinta,” wika ni Ernesto Dul-ang, isang pinagpipitagan na manlililok at resident woodcarver ng Baguio Museum. “Makikita mo ito sa mga mga mata nang ipinipinta niya. Hindi pare pareho ang guhit at hugis. Nakikita ang katauhan ng isang nilalang sa mga mata.”
Truly, the eyes are the windows to the soul. Dul-ang is a veteran and multi-awarded woodcarver whose expertise is measured by the amount of time, love and patience he gives his carvings up to the minutest detail.
The recently inaugurated bust of lawyer Damaso Bangaoet, who is considered the father of the Panagbenga Festival at the Panagbenga Park, is one example. His other works are exhibited at the Baguio Museum including the “Surrender of Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita” unveiled during the grand launching of the Baguio Museum in September 2022 with United States Ambassador H.E. MaryKay Carlson as guest of honor.
Most of Jenny’s works were created during the onset of the pandemic and as she describes out of boredom during those two years.
Her works challenges your brain matter as it gives inspirational messages, take the one of Greek
Philosopher Plutarch, author of Parallel Lives “The mind is not a visual to be filled but a fire to be kindled.” or the one of Vincent Van Gogh, “Art is to console those who are broken in life.”
There are more to be explored in this Mimesis exhibit, come see for yourself.
The Baguio Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
– Stella Maria De Guia