Desiree Aloba Carabio of the University of the Philippines Cebu is a visual artist who has ventured into the artistic frontier of digital art. At the 49th Shell National Students Art Competition, she explored the theme of Metamorphosis with the digital painting “Marlon Monroe.” Her winning piece navigates the intersections of public and private, the process of transformation and the complexities of gender. As a work of art, it allows us to share the experience of performing gender and to find in this a reflection of beauty. As a digital art piece, it brings to mind questions of the process of art-making in the new millennium. In this month of February, which is both National Arts Month and LGBT History Month, we got together with Desiree to ask her about her creative process and her artwork. The interview that ensued was a look into the unique artistic mind that conceived “Marlon Monroe.”
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Santia Fabunan is a collaboration between Khail Santia and Angela Gabrielle Fabunan. Khail Santia is a fellow of the Silliman University National Writers Workshop. He also leads Moocho Brain, a game dev studio working to transform education through applied game design. Angela Gabrielle Fabunan earned her BA in English and American Literature from Bowdoin College. She attended the MA Creative Writing Program of the University of the Philippines Diliman and is an alumnus of the UP Writers Club.
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