THE INCOMPLETE PROJECT
2013, 140 x 200 cm, Acrylic and Oil on Canvas (triptych)
30.5 x 44.5 cm, Stamp pad Ink on Paper, 50 pieces
30 x 36 cm, Oil and Ink on Canvas
Engaging with the permanent collection of Ateneo Art Gallery The Incomplete Project focuses on Filipino Modernity. David introspects on her own background of education abroad and rediscovers these works under the backdrop of hierarchal classification models, translation, representational practices and reproduction techniques touching sensitive notions like the concepts of “originality” and “copy”, the “periphery” and “central”.
Beyond the practice of research-based art, David translates the language to her own familiarity through the process of painting. She finally traces back early Filipino painters who copied engravings with religious motifs, which came from Spain by the way through Mexico, mostly done by Dutch and Flemish engravers.