Pepe Delfin Wins at Charades

Pepe Delfin is a visual artist who graduated with a fine arts degree from Ateneo de Manila University. She is originally from Capiz but has been based in Metro Manila since 2012.

She creates acrylic paintings showing abstract compositions that express various combinations of repeating shapes and colors to portray movement and the passage of time in infinite loops. Some of her works are accompanied by animated versions of the paintings to create a more immersive experience.

The artist, on her two works:

“A Little Similar” and “A Little Different” are resulting permutations of two paintings that were cut apart and woven together. The process of creating the pieces is an exploration of form, wherein compositions made from the same set of elements and figures could result in visual anagrams and an unlimited array of possibilities.

Despite being made of the same “threads,” neither look exactly like the other. And, as they’re aptly entitled, the works really are just a little similar, a little different.

Pepe Delfin A Little Different 2020
A Little Different. 2020. Pigment ink on 300 gsm matte archival paper (100% cotton). Edition of 15.

What music did you have growing up?

I grew up listening to oldies and radio drama because our house was full of adults and my dad liked Matt Monroe and the Bee Gees. Then it was the Spice Girls in grade school, Bob Dylan in high school.

What work of art last caught your eye?

An old stop motion animation clip from the Soviet Union showing some cockroaches using household items to make music. It was very charming.

Can you let us in on a current or upcoming project that excites you?

I’m excited for my very first solo exhibit which might happen late next year or some time the year after. The ambitious self wants to include a video installation that shows my works in an animated format. The realistic and grounded self is telling me some ideas could be for another time so I’m not spread too thinly.
C’est la vie, we shall see.

We’re playing charades. What is the hardest thing you could have someone guess?

A millennial paying their taxes

What do you think deserves more attention?

I think the younger generation needs to be applauded more for their intelligence and their endless capacity to empathize and fight for what they believe in. These kids are amazing.

What would be your last meal?

My mom’s spaghetti and my dad’s dinuguan. Both of these dishes taste like love.

Anchor photo: A Little Similar. 2020. Pigment ink on 300 gsm matte archival paper (100% cotton). Edition of 15.

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