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This Art Exhibition Asks You to Understand Your Purpose

Tessa Mendoza's latest exhibition is inspired by the Holy Scripture and creation.
IMAGE JAR CONCENGCO/TESSA MENDOZA
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In her latest solo exhibition, Scripture and Soul, artist Tessa Mendoza created a collection of pieces inspired by the Holy Scripture. Her fascination started in 1986, and it's only deepened since then. The show will include a selection of pieces that make use of acrylic and gold leaf as media, as well as one-line drawings.

The solo exhibition, which opens on March 7 at 6 p.m. and runs until March 28, will be held at Art Cube Gallery in Karrivin Plaza. Mendoza will also donate a portion of her sales to the Union Church of Manila, which includes Resources for the Blind in its list of charities.

Photo by JAR CONCENGCO.
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ESQUIRE PHILIPPINES: What can people expect from your exhibition? What particular topics do you explore?

TESSA MENDOZA: My deep fascination with the Scriptures has been a constant source of inspiration. I've been reading Scripture since 1986 and it never ceases to amaze me. It's dynamic, it's effective, both mysterious and perceptible. In the book of Hebrews (4:12) it says, "For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."

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ESQ: Where do you find most of your inspiration?

TM: From nature, creation, and ultimately, it's Creator. I'm also inspired by flora and fauna, green fields, the mountains, the ocean, the sky, people, and of course, Holy Scripture.

ESQ: How has your work developed since your last solo exhibition?

TM: There's growth and improvement with my knowledge and handling of my materials. I'm always open to observing and learning from other artists. I've tried printmaking and sculpting and I work with watercolors, pastels, oil, and acrylics. At present, most of my work makes use of gold leaf and texture. My subjects are usually figurative, portraits, and abstracts.

Photo by TESSA MENDOZA.
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ESQ: How did you prepare yourself for Scripture and Soul?

TM: I am constantly painting or working on projects in my studio. During the last quarter of 2019, I was invited by Art Cube Gallery to do a show with them. Back then, I already had a few pieces I was working on and these have now become part of Scripture and Soul. It's providential that the date they gave me was during the Lenten Season.

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ESQ: What do you hope visitors take away from your solo exhibition?

TM: Inspiration. People are made in the image of the Creator. Nobody is perfect of course, but we can at least try to be more conscious of why we exist. What we do and how we behave echo our understanding of our purpose. I hope my work serves to mirror, invite, encourage, and inspire people to reflect and do the same.

ESQ: What are your plans after Scripture and Soul?

TM: I'd like to continue creating more pieces that inspire me and others. I'd like my future pieces to echo what nature does, which is to point to the Creator.

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