Evolution of the Aswang Myth

2016

Wax, acrylic, oil, wood, wire, foil, yarn on wood panel and wood blocks

84” H X 84” W

 

This piece is displayed with the following wall text:

Evolution of the Aswang Myth is inspired by the story of the Aswang in Filipino mythology. The Aswang is a female, shapeshifting creature noted as the most feared among the mythical creatures of the Philippines. Stories of the Aswang vary from region to region. Myths such as this became popular in the country after Spanish colonization, and this piece explores how their transmissions were used as a way to convert Filipinos into Christianity. It is also an exploration of feeling inferior—using the Aswang to represent the image of the “other”, and investigates the significance of such myth in Filipinos’ ideologies."