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Kristine Lim Soars With Her Second Solo Exhibit

She used the Philippine eagle as the central motif for this exhibition

Visual artist and missionary Kristine Lim is holding her second solo exhibition dubbed as “SOAR” for the whole month of October.


A total of 33 framed mixed media works, with several of them triptychs, comprise her second solo exhibition at Manila Hotel. She used her unique technique of combining a special textured ground with layers of transparent metallic bronze and gold-colored glazes over the graphite pentimenti, or under drawings. Kristine deliberately allows them to be seen as a trace of the artist’s journey in the creation of any work. She occasionally adds special details like straight gold lines, reminiscent of her graphic design practice, as well as small-shaped mirrors and textured, bright-colored red resinous epoxy to attach them; both illuminate and serve as surfaces of reflection.


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Kristine creates a cohesive and compelling exhibition using the Philippine eagle as the central motif, with complementing verses from the Bible scribbled lightly at the edge of each work. 


A Filipino Christian with an evangelical inclination, she considers herself as an “artist with a mission.” Her faith and patriotism serve as the foundation for the art she makes, while remaining true to her own life experiences. By using these as her jumping points, she creates multiple avenues of connection with her audiences who might share these with her.


The majestic Philippine eagle serves as the central image in most of her creations. A powerful animal endemic to the country, it is a symbol of the nation and a reminder of how blessed we are with natural resources. In all her paintings, the artist seems to also imply the need to be in our own space, to reflect, and to have an honest appraisal and reckoning with ourselves. 


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With “SOAR,” Kristine reflects on how the eagle is often used in the Bible as a metaphor to compare the impossible heights God raises his people in an effort to keep them away from harm and to raise them in exultation. She proposes a total surrender just as she has experienced, when she overcame personal tribulations and emerged from them unscathed because she lifted them all up in faith.


The exhibition is both a testament to God’s love and saving grace, as well as the capacity of the Filipino spirit to transcend limitations, especially in the lowest points of their lives. It aims to provide hope that even in the direst situations, the love of God and the love for our fellow men will allow us to transcend our condition, and be free to be our realest and fullest selves.


“SOAR” is presented by Art Lounge Manila. The exhibition is located at the lobby lounge of The Manila Hotel. The show will run until October 30, 2021. Proceeds of the Closing Auction will go to Malasakit Para Sa Bayan Foundation Inc. 


For more info, visit https://artloungemanila.com.


Photos courtesy of Kristine Lim