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That Time I Was Sheltered at the Sari-Sari Store, 2023

Mixed construction materials.

214 x 164 x 96 cm approx.

This work links my heritage and my artistic expression. Over the years spent living here in Adelaide, I realised that there has been a growing disconnection between me and my culture. With the years slowly adding up without a chance to visit the Philippines, I catch myself going back to memories of when I was younger, the times when I was the happiest, when things were simpler, and I felt safe. This installation resembles my memories of a sari-sari store, a type of deli or variety store commonly found in the streets of the Philippines. It is created with a mix of various found construction materials, timber, corrugated metal, fibre cement, and filled with goods that would usually be sold at this type of store. This project stands as a love letter to everything great about my heritage, from the food to the karaoke, and the ways that it has shaped my upbringing and worldview. I will always be grateful to be part of this community.


Special thanks to Frederick Watson, my uncle who has assisted in the technical aspect of the work. This project is dedicated to my loving family; my parents, Adoracion and Rainier, my sister, Yanna, my extended family, and my close friends for all of the support they have given me throughout my studies. Thank you for always believing in me, for the efforts of my work are not just for me but for you all.

This work was created on Kaurna Country.

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