Kiam Marcelo Junio
Letters I’ll Never Send
Letter to the Bluest Eyes in Texas
Letter to a Shadow
Letter to my Dead Mother
Letter to an Absent Father
Letter to the One Who Got Married
(Acrylic, mixed media, post-its)
(Video installation, mixed media)
My current body of work explores themes of self-construction and deconstruction through reflection - both the figurative contemplation of one’s internalized history, and the literal representation of one’s form through reflective media. I have used different formats to aid in this inquiry.
The series “Letters I’ll Never Send” consists of highly personal notes addressed to pivotal figures in my life, with whom I have no contact. The letters are etched onto mirrored acrylic surfaces, allowing the viewer to see his or her visage while reading the letters. This allows for a conversation between the audience and artist, as the viewer takes on the role of the addressed subject.
The “I Am” project is a movable street installation which also uses mirrored acrylic sheets. The project includes small post-its on which passersby can write their own thoughts to address the statement “I AM.” The variety of responses show a sampling of the self-reflective thoughts in each location.
By its very nature, video acts as a mirror, but with delayed response. Recording one’s own form and voice can be unsettling, and in the Untitled piece, I aim to use it to break down the barrier between the roles of artist and audience.