• Lumiere

  • Lumière is French for 'light', something I've been in love with for as long as I can remember. What can I say? I love light, and things that emit light.
    It all began when I was 11. I arrived early for choir practice at the PhilamLife Auditorium and there was another rehearsal going on for a dance recital. As the dancers performed, the lights illuminating them gracefully changed from one color to another. It was magic. I was hooked.
    When I was 13, I joined a production of Oliver at the CCP and used to go to the main theater early so I could climb the light towers and the grid way above the stage to have a closer look at all the lighting fixtures. One day, then CCP Technical Director and lighting god Monino Duque (sporting long hair, flared jeans, and boots) caught me and gave me a staring down I'll never forget.
    In high school, I started building miniature lights with lenses from small magnifying glasses--ellipsoidals, fresnells, strip lights, you name it, as well as my own dimmer boards.
    When I was 18, I watched my first Broadway musical which I hardly remembered afterwards because I was too busy looking up at the ceiling to stare at the all lights and what they were doing.
    I got into photography because of light. And to this day I still find myself memorizing what natural light looks like at different times of day, at certain months of the year, in different parts of the world. Sometimes I pretend to be Ansel Adams who could 'read' light without any instrument by simply feeling it on the palm of his hand.
    And though I'm not the lighting designer I might have wanted to be, my lanai and my garden have become the canvas on which I paint with light every evening, with 25 lighting fixtures (some of which I made), and tealights that I spread out in the grass like stars that have fallen to the ground whenever we have friends over.
    As I was staring at my little light show one evening, I thought to myself, why don't I carve an ostrich egg with a motif of foliage from my garden, and put an electric tealight in it as my next Ikigai piece? So that's what I did. For the base, I cut off a section of antique driftwood, then carved a hint of the same motif and applied gold leaf to give it a rich, warm glow under the light.
    As I continue my love affair with light, or as the French say, lumiére, it doesn't surprise me that light was among the first things God created. Without light, life would simply not exist. Without light, how would we see the wonders of creation or the smiles on our children's faces?
    It is said that God Himself is light, and in His presence darkness cannot exist. He said, "Let there be light," and there was light. I say let there be plenty of it to make our lives shine as brightly as can be.

    Ostrich egg, antique driftwood, metal leaf
    6in x 17in x 8in

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  • ₱25,000.00

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