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Peer into the mind of Solana L. Perez as she lets us enter her fantastical dreams in her third solo art exhibit, entitled “Strange Encounters” at Cafe by the Ruins Dua.

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On her small 5.5 inch by 8.5 inch canvas, Solana Perez’s mixed media artworks are like story book pages intricately illustrated with landscapes and seascapes in which the wild creatures in her dreams inhabit.

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If you take a closer look, you’d see the that she even uses thread, feathers, and shreds of paper to further embellish her paintings, but they’re so thoroughly blended into the painting, you wouldn’t notice at first glance.

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It’s also amazing to see how much detail Solana puts into the architectural and environmental imagery in her paintings, showing just how vividly she can remember her dreams, no matter how many years have passed since having that dream.

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Solana is self-taught artist, with art running in her genes. Though she grew up in Baguio, she is currently studying dress-making at Slim’s Fashion and Arts School in Makati.

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Solana considers herself to be a semi-lucid dreamer. In her dreams, not only is she able to control her actions, but she also faces different parts of herself in the form of the creatures she encounters. She also believes that her real life has no connection with her dream life, just like living in a whole other dimension at night.

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“It’s also political,” she says, “despite all that is happening in the country and the world, I just want to remind myself and everyone to just keep dreaming. The world needs more prettiness. I hope my fantastical art will inspire someone to do something really outrageous and weird, because right now we need more of that.”

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Check out Solana Perez’s dream journal in the form of her mixed media pieces in her “Strange Encounters” art exhibit at Cafe By the Ruins Dua.

 

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