Despite the controversy and unfortunate events surrounding Maela Jose’s art installation which was once the Christmas Tree standing atop Session Road, our support still stands with Maela Jose, who, despite everything, keeps her colorful aura alive. Even if the installation is no longer standing, at least we still get to see her other pieces on display at the Baguio City Museum for her 25-Year Retrospective Exhibit.
To recap, Maela Jose found herself as an artist 25 years ago during the catastrophe of Mount Pinatubo in the early 1990’s. Art was her means of coping with the gloom in her surroundings, and through the vibrant colors in her art, she wanted to bring life and joy to those around her.
On display at the Baguio Museum are her earliest works of mandalas, the canvases being just about as tall as a human being. These are her first creations using her signature “tinatik” technique. “Tinatik” is a coined term for color (“tina”) and drop (“batik”).
Maela’s works are a reflection of her fascination with auras and the colors of energy in people. She believes that colors have healing powers for the mind, body, and soul, and we believe that is the effect that she wants her art work to have on people.
It’s always interesting to see the earliest works of an artist. We see how much they have evolved in so many ways, and yet at the same time, how they stay the same – true to themselves and their art forms.
We congratulate Maela Jose on her 25 artful years. Come and see her artworks for yourself at the Baguio Museum for the month of December.