Medina probes the “natural” as her works take off from lapis lazuli, a rock esteemed as a gemstone and as a color. Akin to her previous works where she uses geological forms, Medina transforms these objects into precious items that mimic the value of a museum collection. In Metamorphic Histories, a series consisting of paintings and small sculptural plaster works, she explores the possibilities and capabilities of history-making, not only that of the distant past, but also the mundane, violent and recurring stories of everyday. The exhibition calls to mind current events, both on a national and personal histories; situations that deal with ideas of fragility, brokenness and ultimately, metamorphosis.
Lui Medina (b. 1981) graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts in 2003 and Master of Fine Arts in Painting at the Slade School of Art in London in 2008. She had participated in exhibitions in Manila, Philippines, Hong Kong and London, UK. She is currently the exhibition adviser of the M.A. in Fine Arts and Design (MAFAD) Program of the Philippine Women’s University.
Metamorphic Histories runs until February 8, 2014.