Yvonne Quisumbing's "Great Health Puzzle" and Other Highlights of This Year's Art in the Park
Once upon a time before all of this, Art in the Park was a live, in-person event and an annual tradition for many in Metro Manila's creative scene. Almost every year since its inception in 2006, the occasion has gathered thousands to the Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village to enjoy art, to buy art, or at the very least, to be in the presence of art and those who appreciate it.
But as with everything else in the world, things have had to change for Art in the Park. This year, it held its second virtual event, over the course of eight days, from February 21 to 28. Naturally, though, there was no shortage of art: Art in the Park 2021 featured 60 premier exhibitors and over 6,000 pieces of art for sale, with prices capped at P50,000. New pieces were uploaded every day—paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, everything—and part of the proceeds went to the Museum Foundation of the Philippines
To enhance its online experience in 2021, Art in the Park also partnered with Globe Platinum. Part of this collaboration was the Globe Platinum Hour, a daily presentation in which guests were given access to exclusive content about Globe Platinum's featured artists: Henrielle Pagkaliwangan, Jomike Tejido, and Yvonne Quisumbing.
Quisumbing, who worked as a fashion designer before eventually taking up painting full-time, was one of Art in the Park's highlights this year. Her works, which were part of the Globe Platinum Collection exhibited by Silverlens Galleries, examined human illness and sin. Timely themes, all things considered.
The first group of Quisumbing's works exhibited at Art in the Park 2021 is entitled "Wrappings of the Mind." Here, the artist explores three of the seven deadly sins and how they induce illness in individuals and society at large. In her Globe Platinum Hour preview of this work, Quisuming says that "Wrappings of the Mind" is also about "the need to recognize and reverse [the] effects of [these sins] in order to achieve a sense of wellness."
Another piece by Quisumbing is entitled “The Great Health Puzzle." The theme of this work is more specific to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, she suggests that individuals are part of a puzzle, and that each member of a society is crucial to the resolution of its great health problems. Taken this way, the painting is a quarantine-era meditation on our civic duties as they relate to health.
These exquisite works by Yvonne Quisumbing were not only displayed, though—thanks to Globe Platinum, some customers were able to take home their very one special versions. Globe Platinum subscribers who purchased any piece from Art in the Park were treated to complimentary face masks and abanicos with "The Great Health Puzzle" printed on them.
The fans were a particularly special gift, because they're made by Casa Mercedes, a renowned local abanico maker that's been in business for about 70 years, since 1951. The fans of Casa Mercedes are made using techniques learned from craftsmen in Spain and France, and have been famous for their quality for decades. They're the perfect canvas for works like Quisumbing's.
Art in the Park bears just a few of the many perks of a Globe Platinum plan. With Globe Platinum, you can get access to exclusive online events such as Art in the Park, and receive special offers and content.
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