My art is a way for my heart to speak, my little way of telling my own truths.
So please don’t just look. Listen.
– Clarisse Pastor-Medina
Clarisse is a Filipino born and raised in the Philippines and a migrant/Filam/Global Filipino by sweet serendipity. Her works have been shown in print, online and in art shows in San Francisco and Los Angeles California. Coming from a family of artists, Clarisse is mostly self-taught and always quick to say that she is not art-schooled but is proudly “heART-schooled”. She is known for her simple yet thought-provoking and nostalgia-evoking realistic imagery in her series of coffee paintings called “Biak: Explorations of Filipino Heritage, Identity and Diaspora” which includes “Baybayin-deepened” visual poetry and imagery.
Her acrylic and mixed media work (“Artistic Upwellings” aka Artwellings) on the other hand, celebrates and honors her passion for colors and instinctive-intuitive spontaneity. This is where she explores social, cultural and life issues with symbolisms, organic imagery, magical realities and whimsical angst in rich vivid colors and textures and via an amalgamation of expression, intuition and apophenia. It reflects her dynamic and continuous experimentation and spontaneous evolution with techniques which includes using her fingers and commonplace mark-making tools while shuttling between form and formlessness and influenced by music and dance in front of her canvas.
Embracing ADD and her challenging journey as a creative sociable introvert, she finds that switching between media and her two (or more) distinct styles keeps her feelings, state of mind, interest, motivation and perspectives renewed and fresh at all times.
Clarisse uses a substantial portion of her earnings from her art to help her advocacies concerning autism and mental health, literacy in impoverished countries and the street children of the Philippines.
She is an awardee for Outstanding Global Filipinos / Outstanding Entrepreneur at the 7th Annual OBRA (Outstanding OFW and Balikbayan Reputation Awards). Philippines, December 2015.