“Kináng Tala” || Lumang Tao || Lahing Kumintang
Sining. Damdamin. Pangarap. Tatak.
Artist. heARTivist. ARTrepreneur. Empowered Pinay.
[breathing symphony of human dichotomy | sublime spirit | steel magnolia | warrior | student of life | teacher of life | braveheart | artist | dream weaver | goal digger | hope dealer | green archer | love and light | old soul | eternal child | the last unicorn — i’m alive!]
[inner space cosmonaut | idea junkie | possibilitarian | sociable introvert | restless stillness, still restlessness | infinite | grateful being | truth advocate | infinite | candid. funny. deep | crazy woman | closet geek | dudette | dancing queen | hoop yogini | backroad gypsy | wonder wifey | mommy c | instant.human.just.add.coffee]
Clarisse is a self-taught artist. She developed her passion early and as cliché as it may seem, started drawing with her father as soon as she was old enough to hold a pencil, “thanks to Daddy, a natural born artist — whose idea of playtime and bonding time was the drawing guessing game, way before we got to know Pictionary“. She still does the drawing guessing game with little kids and strongly believes that “we need to tap into their creative, inferential and expressive skills early on. It matters a lot in shaping one’s character for later in life”.
That said, between serious professional careers in the healthcare field and the corporate world that helped fund her multifarious hobbies and interests, she had also once been a preschool/kindergarten teacher and earned extra keep as a freehand glitter-tattoo artist and face painter for parties and theater productions and an illustrator for abstract reasoning/visual requirements for IQ tests.
Working in the philosophy that life is short but the possibilities are endless, she also dabbles on other fields that are off the easel: “iPhoneography”, hoop dancing, archery, running, blogging/writing, poetry, calligraphy, healthy cooking, being a devoted wifey, stepmom and dog mommy, plus maintaining (in her own words), “a very gratifying” service-related nutraceutical deskjob in between. One of her dreams is not so much to travel the whole world, but to keep visiting and immersing in a few favorites (the Italian countryside) as well as learning a third language — “Maybe Spanish — because it sounds so beautiful and because my mother tongue is so at home with it“. She is fluent in English and Filipino/Tagalog, which is something she considers a big blessing especially for her Filipiniana and Baybayin-themed projects in the United States.
While maintaining her 8-5 corporate job and her own art, prints and jewelry business, she’s also devoting her time to writing/illustrating her own book (“Pipti Shades op Brown”) and illustrating other authors’ books on the side. She makes and sells wire-wrapped jewelry and other wire sculpture projects, “photographs” with her iPhone daily, experiments with make-up on crazy days, chases beautiful skies (yes!) while discovering more new passions everyday.
Coffee and Baybayin
She makes expressive-intuitive art in acrylics , random ink and graphite sketches, calligraphy work and fabric art though her main focus is making artwork with coffee and other nontraditional and nonconventional stains like wine or tea on canvas and paper with various Filipiniana themes (born of homesickness and nostalgia from her childhood) as well as “Baybayin-deepened” poetic art (concrete/visual poetry) also as a way to help revive the very beautiful and multi-faceted long, lost ancient script of her motherland, Philippines. For her, “It is not dead, but merely sleeping…” and she wishes to be part of its reawakening because it has been a big part of hers, most especially her awakening and growth as an artist.
is really short for Clarisse Medina… C-
C-ina…Cina…Kina…Kinang…Kináng (adding the Ng at the end as an endearment like most very pinoy nicknames e.g. Peping, Ploning, Domeng, Neneng, Trining, etc)
but Kináng is also a tagalog word which means …
shine, luster, twinkle or sparkle
…like a diamond or a star…
(and of course, it looks better written in Baybayin *wink*)
This site is meant for witnessing the journey and growth of my art, as well as the soul behind it.
May God bless my path. And yours as well.
Love and Light,
SOLI DEO GLORIA!
© “Kináng Tala” || Lumang Tao || Lahing Kumintang || Sining. Damdamin. Pangarap. Tatak.
[email: artist (at) clarissepastormedina.com]