Philippine Daily Inquirer / 04:45 AM December 08, 2014
The soothing winds of love artist Anna de Leon attempts to capture in her sixth solo show, “Tender Winds,” is opening Dec. 10 at Galerie Francesca in Megamall.
With a degree in interior designer from the University of Santo Tomas, Anna de Leon is a member of the Saturday Group. She has formed many recurring aesthetic motifs such as eggs, for instance, a symbol for coupling and love—and a binding element of a string that brings them together.
The painting “Second Chances” is a wonderful example of De Leon’s ability to combine technique with concept. We have her familiar motif of two eggs, bound together by a metal band that depicts a string. However, the context is that of a game—of tic-tac-toe—and the reason for the choice is to depict two x’s representing past lovers. It’s a thoughtful composition that benefits from De Leon’s own experimentation in technique. The eggs have been rendered in a clay-like paper that lends additional texture to the work.
“Wait Awhile” uses De Leon’s bird motif. The string is also attached to a feather, which the artist also collects. The feather symbolizes lightness of being—a feeling that De Leon evokes with her works. A brilliant rendition, the painting demonstrates the artist’s fine technical ability and grasp of concept.
Galerie Francesca Megamall is at 4/F of SM Megamall, Bldg. A, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City. Call tel. 5709495 or 6592667; e-mail [email protected] or [email protected]