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What kind of art gives you a “nosebleed?” At the last art exhibit we attended at VOCAS, artists Faith Erasmo and Gari Buenavista gave us something to ponder upon with their exhibit “Knows Bleed.”

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Faith and Gari are a couple who have fallen in love with Baguio and its art scene, and together, they want to show their approach to art – that it is about being light-hearted and having fun. As they say, “to simply create without being influenced by expectations.”

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Faith Erasmo makes assemblage pieces using different scrap materials. She says she also gets her inspiration from her desire to reduce waste in the environment. She sees beauty in the ordinary and recreates the foliage she finds into statement pieces.

Spare keys, old cloths, jewelry without partners, dysfunctional electronics, and a broken jeepney window. Faith puts the pieces together into creations that make you go “hmmmmm…”

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Gari Buenavista, on the other hand, creates collages out of handmade prints, combining different textures, colors, and abstract shapes to create new exciting images. We also noticed Japanese influences in the creation of the patterns he used.



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Each work gives the viewers a chance for their own interpretation. For us, these colorful pictures give us a somewhat other-worldly feel. We see spaceships, ladders to the moon, and whimsical planets. What about you? What do you see?

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Faith and Gari had also been very interactive with the guests to their exhibit. They invited everyone to collaborate with them on a special hand-made coloring book. They even raffled off some of Gari’s works, and we were very lucky to win a piece! Faith also handed out paper cranes she made herself as a little remembrance and token of appreciation.

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Faith Erasmo and Gari Buenavista bring a breath of fresh air to the Baguio art scene with their creations. We can’t wait for another “knows bleed” from this quirky couple.

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