Terra Infirma

“Terra Infirma” means “earth”/ “not firm” which refers to the earth’s precariousness and fragility. The project uses the forms of abstract painting to explore the impacts of oil spills, nuclear waste and other man-made and environmental disasters.

“Now, before you groan, Aaaabstraaaacts — they’re so hard to make sense of, check this: Vitug, by the way one of the valley’s more prolific artists, isn’t merely pushing gobs of pigment around a canvas with mysterious intent. These paintings are based on maps, the paint thickly applied and then, before they dry, tilted upward so the paint shifts and drools a little. Not only do the resulting canvases “oscillate between abstraction and representation, between control and chance,” they then become metaphors for catastrophic ways the land changes, either as the result of natural disasters (like the typhoon that recently struck his homeland) or manmade indignities (oil spills, radiation leaks, etc.) Thus the title, Terra Infirma — land that’s not so firm.” -Scott Dickensheets, 2014

Review: Kristen Peterson, Mapping Impermanence, Las Vegas Weekly, January, 2014.
http://lasvegasweekly.com/ae/fine-art/2014/jan/22/jevijoes/

To Be Titled (Terra Incognita), 2011 Acrylic on canvas 36 inches x 48 inches

To Be Titled (Siberia), 2011 Acrylic on canvas 36 inches x 48 inches

To Be Titled (Afghanistan), 2011 Acrylic on canvas 36 inches x 48 inches

To Be Titled (Central Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan), 2011 Acrylic on canvas 36 inches x 48 inches

To Be Titled (Tacloban City after Typhoon Haiyan), 2011 Acrylic on canvas 36 inches x 48 inches

To Be Titled (Las Vegas Strip), 2014 Acrylic on canvas 16 inches diameter

To Be Titled (Tacloban City), 2014 Acrylic on canvas 16 inches diameter

Patty of Nevada holding a painting of Nevada Nuclear Test Site,
2012 C-print, framed 16 x 20 inches

Nailya of Kazakhstan holding a painting of Nuclear Test Site in Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan, 2012 C-print, framed 16 x 20 inches

Installation view of To Be Titled ( Las Vegas and Lake Mead), 2014

Acrylic on canvas, 48 inches x 108 inches and The Inhabitant’s View, 2014, Soil, salt and fertility dolls made of wood.

The Inhabitant’s View, 2014 Soil, salt and fertility dolls made of wood 108 x 108 inches

The Inhabitant’s View, 2014 Photo documentation of a communal performance

The Inhabitant’s View, 2014 Photo documentation of a communal performance

To Be Titled (Spratly Islands, Brunei, China, Malaysia,
Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam), 2014 Acrylic on canvas, metal table legs

Approximately 102 L x 84 W x 28 H inches Installed as tables

To Be Titled (Spratly Islands, Brunei, China, Malaysia,
Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam), 2014 Acrylic on canvas

Approximately 84 x 102 inches Hung as paintings

Installation view of Erosion (Soil, salt, tied shoes, paintings) at La Galeria, Bogota, Colombia, 2014.