What Maria knows to be true (2018), Mixed Media on Paper, Collagraph, Serigraph, Drypoint, Etching, Pen, Ink. Photo: Art and Soul Photography
"As part of a shared colonial history and resulting localization, Maria is a popular name in the Philippines and Latin America. Among many things, she is our mother, sister, aunt, cousin, partner, student, teacher, classmate, boss, colleague, and friend." -Romson Bustillo, 2018
An immersive, interdisciplinary exhibition of large scale collagraph prints, video, sound and performance that engages with the nuanced networks of visual cues, codes and colloquialisms–imprinted, embodied, enacted and uttered–that are employed by communities to negotiate, claim, and reclaim space.
I populate spaces with images and concepts that question and explore how place, context, and visual cues modify, enhance, and divert meanings. I make art to claim presence; revisit truths; and to brake constructed designations of place.
I immerse viewers in landscapes of coded and identifiable references. My prints and mixed media artworks are further activated by site specific interventions—be they performances, readings, prompts, or onsite learnings/workshops. My intent being that the viewer-participant revisit how others may interpret certain references and actions based on inherited knowledge.
Romson Regarde Bustillo is a Pacific Northwest Artist with a rich layered background. Born in the Philippines on the large multi-ethnic/multi-faith island of Mindanao; his family migrated to Seattle in 1978.
At an early age, he felt disturbed and frustrated by social constructs that he witnessed and understood to be unjust. Holding more questions than answers, in his late teens he began to travel abroad; first returning to the Philippines to research Filipino indigenous and colonial iconography; followed by trips and extended stays in Europe, Central America, SE Asia, and Africa.
His current art studio is in the Central District of Seattle. He is a Teaching Artist at Seattle Art Museum and adjunct instructor at Pratt Fine Arts Center’s printmaking program.
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