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Princess Gandingan is from the Meranaw epic “Darangen”. She is well known because of the folk dance singkil, which is a rather orientalist retelling of her rescue by Prince Bantugan when she was abducted by diwatas and entrapped in a forest. For this painting, I decided to depict her in a manner which is much more in accordance with the Lanao version of singkil being a solo female dance with Gandingan saving herself to reunite with her lover. The painting also features orchids as well as a Mindanao lorikeet - Prince Bantugan’s pet which is broadly described in the epic as a sort of parrot.
Katrina Pallon is a visual artist whose strong imagery and conceptual vocabulary inform her distinctive paintings and drawings that utilise a variety of mediums. She has actively exhibited under private art galleries and public group exhibitions in Manila, New York, Singapore, and Japan. She also works as an illustrator and muralist. Pallon has carved a name for herself in the Philippine art scene for her creative pieces that embody the beauty of Pan-Asian culture. A Magna Cum Laude graduate from the University of the Philippines- Diliman, Katrina Pallon holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communication. Known for her maximalist style, Katrina's paintings and illustrations reflect her strong affinity for elaborate designs and love for elevating even the simplest of subjects through her meticulous attention to detail. She specializes in portraying cultural hybridism that weave into her telling (and retelling) of folktales spread across the cultures of Asia, which are as vast and diverse as the textures of her paintings. Katrina's works focus on amplifying the voices and truths of women, bridging the time and geography that separate the women in these tales from the present. Her female subjects stand unashamed to recount their stories amidst a backdrop of stunning Asian motifs and exquisite blooms crafted in warm and vivid tones.