Oil and model´s blood on canvas, 2016
The depicted girl of this painting donated her own blood in honor to the majestic and critically endangered Philippine Eagle. I use this undoubted symbol of death to involve people directly in the issue of biodiversity loss. This great bird of prey may soon no longer be found in the wild, unless direct intervention is taken. The Philippine national bird’s main threat is the deforestation through logging and expanding agriculture. Mining, pollution, exposure to pesticides that affect breeding, and poaching are also major threats.
The paintings of this series are authentic. The way they are painted is very realistic, the expressions of animals and persons deep and empathetic.