On Winning the Kalos Art Prize

On Winning the Kalos Art Prize

by Guest Blogger June 19, 2018

By Eloisa Guanlao

Receiving the Kalos Art Prize is about sharing my childhood and my father’s story to a wider, introspective audience. My father, who passed away six years ago, was a very spiritual person. A contemplative follower of the Judeo-Christian tradition, he also studied and delved into other faiths. We had many lengthy and rousing discussions about different religions. Ruminate is a publication he would have appreciated.

The Noli Me Tangere images published in Ruminate show the Filipino sights and textures that made up my childhood–from jeepneys to religious processions. The Kalos Art Prize offered me a way to announce the deep and heartfelt relationship I have with my extended family in my birth country. Countless aunties, uncles, cousins and friends in the Philippines, many of whom took part in creating the project, are proud and overjoyed to see themselves and aspects of Filipino culture presented so beautifully and thoughtfully. I share the Kalos Art Prize with so many individuals in Panapaan, Philippines. Gaining support and being recognized for one’s passion and effort as an artist are encouraging and uplifting.

 





Still from Noli Me Tangere, 2017-Present (In-Progress), Digital Documentary.


 
---------

Eloisa Guanlao is a multi-disciplinary artist and scholar. She attended Carleton College in Minnesota, California State University in Long Beach, the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and LACHSA for her art and art history training.





Work from Eloisa Guanlao's Noli Me Tangere was selected by finalist judge Steve Prince for first place in Ruminate's 2018 Kalos Visual Art Prize. This work and more appear in Issue No. 46: A Way Through.




Guest Blogger
Guest Blogger

Author



Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up. We don't allow comments that are disrespectful or personally attack our blog writers.


Also in Ruminate Blog

A Year of No Buying: A Second Quarter Report: In the Black
A Year of No Buying: A Second Quarter Report: In the Black

by Susannah Pratt August 14, 2018

In our house, 2018 is A Year of No Buying....I can’t say a bad word about it. And for the most part, my family feels the same. Or I thought they did. But then my husband went and bought a car. A gorgeous black luxury car that is, as he would like to me to point out, a hybrid.

Read More

Midsummer's Eve in Indiana
Midsummer's Eve in Indiana

by Guest Blogger August 09, 2018 1 Comment

My neighbor—an older woman I’d heard was a respected environmentalist in town—let her yard grow into this wild miniature forest. Her cats often peeked through the tiger lilies, their eyes wide as though they were continually surprised....I envied the ease with which she strolled through her yard, her dress like a comfortable pillowcase wrapped around her body, her hair gray and unkempt. 

Read More

Reconciling Humility and Self-Worth in the Age of Ego
Reconciling Humility and Self-Worth in the Age of Ego

by Renee Long August 07, 2018 1 Comment

The light you will gather and spread in this world is uniquely tinted, and if you choose not to shine this light, in the words of the great Martha Graham, it would be lost to all of us. You are a child of creation. Shine what you have, and be brave.

Read More