I'd like to think this piece is a continuation of the mythological story of Malakas at Maganda. Here, you see Maganda standing strong and proud, along with the Ibong Adarna propped onto her shoulder and used to almost clothe and decorate her newly formed body. She bleeds from the sharp claws of this majestic creature, but shows no sign of pain. On the opposite end of the bird is the bamboo Maganda was born from. However, you may be wondering where is Malakas?
Maganda represents all women while Ibong Adarna and Malakas represent men, in general. Although Ibong Adarna is a wild animal, Maganda was able to tame it. She struggled a bit, hence the blood, from it's sharp claws. The blood represents the inequalities/abuse women face from men. Despite the challenge, she was able to pull through and take control of the animal and her life. Again, you ask, where is Malakas? You'll notice that the bamboo they were both born from has been pieced together and tied up with straws. One evening, after a heated argument, Maganda took upon herself to put the man back inside the bamboo as soon as he fell deep into sleep. She could have thrown them into the ocean but kept it as a trophy, and claimed the name "Malakas" as a reminder of what she is and what she's been through.
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16" x 20" Printed on Canvas (.75" thickness)
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Feb 4, 2022
This is a beautiful art piece and I love the description of what it represents.
Jun 1, 2021