It was an interesting discovery last Monday to find out that director Louie Ignacio paints (although industry insiders probably already knew this forever). Just like a true auteur, he is keen on transferring his visions to mediums that he can control with flair: may it be a show, a concert, or a canvas. His studies of flora are pretty, in a very quiet kind of way – it’s telling of this man’s side that may not often be seen on the live productions that he helms. Although they are labelled as abstractions, I admire the consistency of the technique and the volume (i.e. light hand strokes, or is it a special blotting technique?) throughout the pieces on display.
I feel vicariously satisfied when I meet people who are actively pursuing multiple interests. I don’t know if it was the same with you, but when I was a little girl adding my scrawls to my Tita’s MOD pages, I was told to focus on being one thing when we grow up. The mantra sticks: when I grow up, I’m gonna be a (insert professional title here). And that’s what you gun for in all your decisions and undertakings. It used to be that society banked on titles and tangible career accomplishments to measure success or satisfaction.
Among my peers, or at least the people who are trying to eke out a living just like me, what I find is that a lot of us are preoccupied with trying to be NOT just one thing. This is the generation of hyphenates. This is the generation whom Anna Dello Russo instructs to “invent your job.” It could be different reasons: one job just doesn’t pay the bills. Your “regular” gig isn’t your dream job, you need to have a passion project to keep your sanity. You’re still not sure of what you really want to end up doing (a common outcry), so you’re still exploring around. Or like me, you want to keep learning and you want to do it in as many different avenues as possible. There is something almost Renaissance Man-like in being a “slasher” (i.e. Student-Blogger-Stylist whathaveyou), in pushing yourself as far and as big as you can go.
If I can describe my current state as a movement, I’d say that I’m floating – neither moving forward, backward, nor left or right – but not really static either. I’m submerged, swimming, soaking, taking everything in. It’s like being in the womb, surrounded by nourishment and not yet quite alive. I feel like I am something that’s gonna be born again, soon.
To further explain the title: yeah, it was a meeting schmeeting day too
And just in case you need to see what I wore: estudyante gear and a cape. It was raining so I added tights. All in all, dry and cozy. 🙂