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5/13/2009

Bare Memory

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

IT was a 3-in-1 affair at Finale last May 9. Calling it as such is not demeaning in any way with the talents of Wire Tuazon and Lena Cobangbang on display. Yet, what drew me was not the bold images superimposed with text by Wire or Lena’s seemingly idyllic landscapes, it was the nuanced grays, blacks, and whites of Keiye Miranda’s Sunken Playground.

Known for her hyperrealist underwater scenes in full color, Keiye now approaches the canvas from the polar opposite—working with a restrained palate and depicting images of empty swimming pools that are literally the sunken playgrounds. Compared to the bright colors presented around the rest of the gallery, Keiye’s work seems muted, standing a little apart, perhaps making it even more noticeable because of that quality.

On one level, her Sunken Playground series imparts a sense of desolation and abandonment, as the pools that were once venues of laughter and bliss now fall to disuse. But, as one stands in front of her canvases, not only does melancholy come to visit, but also nostalgia. It was as if her rendition of emptiness and loss left one’s mind room to wander once again. Sunken Playground is the blackness that allows a small glimmer of a dormant memory to shine again. Thus, the Sunken Playground perhaps not only speaks of the swimming pools, but of the place where our idyllic recollections lie, beneath the hustle and bustle of everyday.

Photo: Keiye Miranda, Sunken Playground VI, 48 x 72 inches, oil on canvas
More photos available here

Keiye Miranda
Sunken Playground
Upstairs Gallery
Warehouse 17, La Fuerza Compound (Gate 1)
2241 Pasong Tamo, Makati City (across Philippine School for Interior Design)
Makati City
On View from May 9 - June 6, 2009

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