Of Passion & Sensuality
There are a few artists, however, who seem impelled—indeed, driven—to self-revelation. One senses a willfulness to go naked into the world metaphorically and, at times, literally. One such artist is Danny Castillones Sillada Davao artist, poet and philosopher. His calling card, of which we are in receipt after a social introduction, is distinguished by a reproduction of his paintings: a self-portrait of the disrobed artist, naked and crouching in a quasi-fetal position, imprisoned within a birdcage.
Lost in thought, deep in reverie, Sillada lament the pain of his existence. A sight evokes the last line of a lyric that he has written “The Saddest Poem.”
Confronted by such nakedness—of body and thought—would a critic have the right to invade such privacy? While the artist professes in the Surrealist idiom, his works become the equivalence of what in literature called "confessional writing.” Soul-baring leads to the liberation of the spirit.
~ Cid Reyes, author and art critic
Reyes, Cid. “I Know Why the Caged Birds Cry." Today (Art Style) 11 May 2004: 20.