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Martinez, Chelsea

“Kain Na”

Digital painting
278mm by 189mm

Artist Statement: Our country has lived in the shadow of its past, in the historical patterns of injustice and cyclical political corruption that continue to persist today. In modern times these patterns are mistaken for normalcy, endlessly jeopardizing modern Filipinos and doing injustice onto the names of our ancestors. I believe that the present-day state of our country demands immediate change, starting with state efforts to acknowledge and abolish these very patterns.

Cello Martinez is a student artist and freelancer specializing in traditional and digital painting. Cello’s art practice revolves around interpreting stories and feelings through expressive colors and surrealist scenes, accentuating themes of the human condition and human relationships.