Space Butanding

598-mek-yambao“Space Butanding”
42 x 24 in (122 x 61 cm)
oil and ink on wood

Artist Statement:

Whale sharks are one of my favorite animals. It’s quite fortunate that we have the Whale Shark Capital of the World here in the Philippines. That is in Donsol, Sorsogon.

I came to admire them even more after a personal encounter with them as I was in awe of their beauty; they are a symbol of strength and grace. These magnificent creatures should be protected and have freedom to swim to great lengths – even the universe, through and across dimensions. This is expressed in my tableau “Space Butanding”. Though a portrayal of their majesty can only go so far, it is with my optimisms that their species and our environment are conserved for future generations.

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