I have been scrollsawing for the past 5 years and was finally given the chance to exhibit my feline collection. My exhibit opened last November 14, 2009 and was supposed to end last November 28, however it was extended for another week. It’s my second exhibit, but my first one in a museum. The guys at the museum actually saw my first exhibit at our city’s charter celebration last July 27 and invited me to have my works exhibited at Negros MUseum, which is our provincial museum.
Below is my artist statement at the exhibit.
I am a physician who is fascinated with nature, wood, life, wildlife and music. I am into photography, made my own wood furniture , have tried my hands at sculpting and did a commissioned fibreglass work in 2005.
I became interested in scroll sawing in 2002, after I read a woodworks and crafts magazine. I bought a scrollsaw machine that year but was only able to open the box in 2004 when I finally had the time to tinker with it.
I learned to scroll saw on my own, reading whatever material about scroll sawing I can get my hands on. With the scrollsaw I made small plaques that I gave to friends and family members on special occasions. I always love to challenge myself in doing things not like the ordinary so I decided on a bigger canvas.
Why leopards? I love the Asian leopard cat (our local Maral). Even though during childhood I was bitten by one, I was never traumatized by the incident. I chose Leopards because they share the same characteristics with our Maral and also because they are such beautiful animals whose spots are worthy of scrolling. Vicious as it may seem, the female leopard is considered one of the greatest mom in the animal kingdom in rearing their cubs all by herself. The Amur leopards are critically endangered species of leopards with only 30 or so remaining in the wild. It would be a tragedy to see them disappear during our lifetime.
My artwork is my way of making people become more aware of the impact man has on these beautiful animals, and that we could do something to save these big cats from extinction, the same for our own Asian Leopard Cat and our other local wildlife as well.