A dancer. A musician. An artist. We first got to know Maicah Hipolito’s performance work from last year’s events such as Algoritmo and Fete de la Musique. This time, we saw her visual artistry in her solo exhibit entitled “Mugwort” at Café by the Ruins Dua , which had opened last August 25, 2018.
On that day, there was a city-wide power outtage, but that didn’t stop the show from going on. With the accompaniment of her friends, Maicah put on some music performances to set the mood of the night.
There are 13 artworks on display, each representing one of the thirteen moon cycles of the year. Hence the focus on the mugwort herb, which is sacred to the Greek deity Artemis, goddess of the moon. Reflective of the artist as a performer, the surreal paintings showed flowy movement through the marbling technique that she used.
Maicah also incorporated organic materials into the art works such as preserved butterflies, flowers, and even precious stones to show the interconnectedness of life on earth. Indigenous cultural symbolism is also present to “reconcile the past with the present in hopes of creating a positive impact for the future.”
The venue became dark as the sun set, but that did not deter those who were present. In order to take a good look at the pieces, the viewers took out their phones to shed light on the art works. It was serendipity, that the seemingly unfortunate situation actually turned out to be thematic to the art show that paid tribute to the nighttime.
Through this exhibit, it is the exhibitor’s goal “to bring people together through painting, music and dance.” Maicah Hipolito’s Mugwort will be on display until October 24, 2018. Visit this fantastic exhibit while you can at Cafe by the Ruins Dua.