A creative integration of irony, Aldrine Alarcon’s signature style has always been forging realism and abstract in his pieces. His passion comes from his attraction to the different disciplines that are poised from what is real and what is abstract.
In his second solo art exhibit that had us waiting for two years, Aldrine will finally take us to yet another journey that intend to capture the audience in the realm of reality from the things that are abstract.
“Mamamalakaya” means, deep sea fisherman. It is a Filipino word that is not commonly used in modern Filipino conversation. It is a word found in Tagalog translations of the Bible, particularly in the book of Luke 5:2 (Ang Dating Biblia Version).
I chose this concept because I was inspired by the works of Ang Kiukok’s Fisherman series. Though they live simple lives, we cannot deny the fact that their existence has importance in our economy. The elements that I combined and I used on my painting were quite a puzzle even to me. I used luxurious items to show how valuable they are, symbolizing the characteristics of their lifestyle and family. How can I show that their simple lives can hold a great value of living?
Nowadays, we weigh value on our success, career, lifestyle, money, etc. But what we do not see are the things that are already close to us. “I sustain myself with the love of my family” a quote I saw during those brainstorming days of my concept. What are we without our family? It got me thinking how a simple life gives you all the time in the world to be with them. As I searched deep on my concept, I was able to watch documentation and interviews about fishermen. But I felt something missing, so I took a road trip with my brothers and I was able to meet one. He said, he doesn’t need anything else because the sea provides for him and his family. Enough to eat, to earn for their daily needs and I saw such satisfaction from his answer. I was able to see how hard it is to make a catch, to have that patience and perseverance.
I hope everyone else could see that being a mamamalakaya or fisherman is not easy. They should be given enough attention so I chose them as subjects of my paintings. Their effort should be paid off and I showed it by painting that a catch should be treated of great value.