Images Upon the Rocks
By Carmencita H. Acosta, What’s On & Expat
Mystery of the Cross, 2005, nails and metamorphic rock, by Danny C. Sillada
DANNY SILLADA USES a unique medium on which to paint his abstract images. He temporarily shuns the conventional canvas and chooses, instead, metamorphic rocks as the recipients of the colors and images that he conjures up in his moments of artistic expression.
Imagination is the main ingredient of his paintings executed through the years and which had its beginnings many summers ago when as a growing lad in Mindanao he would watch his father create beautiful pieces of furniture in the carpentry shop.
Sillada would pick up the pieces of paper that his father used to blot out stains from his tools. The curious boy would hold the discarded papers against the sunlight and see, not unsightly marks but symbols of reality: sometimes a human figure or a landscape; at other times, perhaps a tree or a flower.
This experience has influenced his present collection of Rorschach-like inkblot images. The artist bids us to do as he had done years ago: to see symbols of real life in images, this time upon the rocks.
About the author:
Carmencita H. Acosta, a Filipino journalist and a former professor of University of Santo Tomas.
How to cite this article:
Acosta, Carmencita H. “Images Upon the Rocks." What’s On & Expat (Lifestyle & Culture) 22-28 May 2005: 12. Print.
Online link to Asia Art Archive: http://www.aaa.org.hk/Collection/Details/20168