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Sampaguita

The Filipino in Me - Insights into Living Heritage

Entry by April "Lianne" Angeles. Edmonton, Alberta

 

Sampaguita

Charcoal on 9 in x 12 in Cold-pressed watercolour paper

Sampaguita

Artist's Statement

Nothing reminds me more of home than sampaguita. Some of my earliest memories are of watching my grandfather buy entire bunches of garlands from young vendors who ran up to our vehicle. He would hang these small, bright flowers with tails of ylang-ylang from the rearview mirror and the scent would permeate the small space.


I think back on these memories fondly, but now that I am older, my thoughts also dwell on the people who sell them on the streets. This young lady wearing baro represents every sampaguita vendor I saw when I was growing up in the Philippines. Rendered in charcoal over white, she could fade into the background with a little bit of blending—just like how they can quickly disappear into the white noise of the city because they are so commonplace. It should not be that way. The poverty suffered by many innocents all to satisfy the greed of a corrupt few should not be accepted as normal.


 

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07 jun 2022

I love how you convey the message to this beautiful artwork. Love the shading!!!

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12 jun 2022
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Thank you! - April

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07 jun 2022

Beautiful work and amazing description April. I could almost smell the flowers, and then think of those innocent hands offering to sell them. Coming from India, it's all too common there too and yet not ok.

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12 jun 2022
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It’s a sad reality. I hope it changes for the better. Thanks for your comment! - April

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03 jun 2022

Such wonderful piece. So proud of you ❤❤❤

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12 jun 2022
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Thank you! - April

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Aysha Varkey
Aysha Varkey
02 jun 2022

A thought provoking piece that recognizes the disenfranchised on the basis of poverty. It is a clever use of medium to convey this message. A really beautiful piece!!

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12 jun 2022
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Thanks, Ash! - April

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gjliamandrews
02 jun 2022

An amazing piece that conveys powerful emotion. The use of charcoal is not only excellent, but perfectly emphasizes the message in your statement.

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Thank you for your kind comments! - April

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