By Verona Ann A. Entoma, UP Cebu Mass Comm Intern
THE way back home made Cebuana artist Janine Barrera hit two birds with one stone. After three decades of being away, Barrera returns for her homecoming solo exhibit in Cebu.
“Two years ago, we decided that it’s about time to bring Janine back home,” said Dennis Montera who introduced Barrera. “It was such a process but through the team here in Qube Gallery we finally convinced her to come back.”
The theme of Barrera’s Elemental Landscape exhibit is deeply rooted in her belief that the elemental truth is in the act of painting itself and that by evoking nature she responds to the transience of human life. “My paintings begin with a live perception of nature,” said Barrera.
Barrera’s appreciation of how nature works draw her into materializing a unique vision that she alone knows as an artist. “I seek rather a certain ‘wholeness’. I want my paintings to exist in the same manner that nature exists,” she said of her exhibit, which includes seven paintings in oil on canvas, and six paintings in oil on linen. She brought the 13 pieces all the way from San Francisco.
Barrera said she’s been aware that she’s creating something with her hands as young as five years old. In her college days, she joined the Jose Joya Annual Fine Arts Competition and won in the representational and abstract categories, while on her senior year she won representational.
“Qube Gallery does not just believe in Janine Barrera as an educated, dynamic, and award-winning artist, but more so in her personal journey and vision. This is a reason to celebrate her homecoming. This is a reason to experience awesome art,” said curator Vinnie Tan. Barrera’s solo exhibit ran from July 9 to July 25.