I'm a Filipino American artist and author. My favorite tools are ink and watercolor or cold wax medium with oils on handmade paper. My approach is improvisational and experimental (as is much of my writing). Often, I use constraints that generate results by chance. Sometimes rules can set you free! Lately I have been creating small artist books, playing with visual narrative. Scroll down to visit my online Store. Scroll further down to learn about my books and writing projects.
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It is an honor to revisit Jean Vengua’s long poem, “Marcelina,” two decades after it was first published in the anthology Babaylan. “Marcelina” is jarring in its quiet, meditative moments, contrasted against voices and acts of historical violence. Vengua asks us to join her, to unearth our buried history and herstory, look hard at the violences we have inflicted upon our own. Vengua resists the insularity, the suffocation of that history, pays back this violence with witness, with gentle words. She pays respect to the woman, Marcelina, by honoring the earth in which she was interred.
— Barbara Jane Reyes, author of Invocation to Daughters and Letters to a Young Brown Girl.
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