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Monday, July 21, 2014

entry arrow12:05 PM | Everything About This Girl

Everything About This Girl is Jana Jumalon-Alano’s first solo exhibit in Dumaguete. Its eclectic selection of styles mirrors the artist’s predilection of collecting random objects and photographs of whatever catches her eye. One such notable series of works in the exhibit – Mirrors, she tags them – makes use of her fascination for the forms of old, found objects by incorporating them to the work, establishing new relationships for them, and infusing them with life long after the objects have been discarded by its previous owners.

Other representative works include self-portraits and portraits of children. Her female forms evoke masculine strength and her paintings of children suggest an overwhelming empathy where her subjects’ emotions are powerful enough to warp the reality around them.

In Everything About This Girl, all of Jana Jumalon-Alano’s travels and passions, her ups and downs have built up to a collection of works where we get a glimpse of mortality with all its scars and triumphs.

Jana Jumalon-Alano (b. 1980) is a visual artist and a singer-songwriter. She was born and raised in Zamboanga City where she finished AB Communications. In 2001, she launched her solo music concert at the Ateneo de Zamboanga University. She has also been consistently active as a visual artist and has been awarded as one of the Top 10 Finalists for Visayas in the 2011 Philippine Art Awards. Her works have been featured in several international and local exhibitions, the most recent ones being Bae Mindanaw (Italy, 2011), Habagatan (Altromondo Gallery, 2012), All Together Now (Yuchengco Museum, 2012), and 50 Ilonggo Artists (Ayala Museum, 2013). With the support of Ateneo de Zamboanga University, she is currently writing the songs for an all-Chavacano musical to be launched this year. Jana Jumalon-Alano lives in Dumaguete City.

Jana belongs to the Jumalon family of artists and has been a part of many family exhibits in Zamboanga City, Baguio, Metro Manila, Dumaguete, Cagayan de Oro, Bacolod, Davao, and Dipolog. She moved to Dumaguete eight years ago—a city which has witnessed her various passions in painting, terra cotta artmaking, and music.

The exhibit, slated to open today, JULY 21, Monday at 5:30 PM at the Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium Foyer Gallery, runs until August 15. It is sponsored by the Silliman University Cultural Affairs Committee. It is open for free to the public.

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