by KRISTOFER PURNELL
Children without faces.Wings that yearn to fly. Chests void of wandering hearts. Maxine Syjuco taps into the human subconscious and brings forth My Inner Sanctum, her most intimate exhibition yet.
The internationally awarded artist draws inspiration from the untamed passion of romance, dreams, and desire, and lays them onto dark and surreal paintings. Each of the faceless children is either in a ghostly room, or surrounded by raging waters—a twisted take of fairytales.
“My goal is to encapsulate the true intimacy of art, not just as a final outcome, but as an experiential journey where the artist’s studio plays an integral role,” says Syjuco. She invites the viewer to her own inner sanctum, literally because the exhibit is in her own private studio, and figuratively because the paintings reflect her visions of the heart and soul.
Syjuco is a three-time winner of the Independent Music Awards in New York City and a recipient of the Magnum Photography Awards in the UK. She has done exhibits around the world. Her works can be found locally in the BSP’s collections, and abroad in the Tokiwa Museum of Japan and the Magnum Arts Collection in London.
Artlab Atelier Cesare and Jean Marie Syjuco is at 327 Country Club Drive, Ayala Alabang. (+63) 915 115 2211 | maxine.syjuco on Instagram