In the 1960’s, Chabet’s works were collages that included maps, drawing on handmade
paper, children’s scrawls and drawings, and envelopes without addresses. There was
always the sense of a multileveled kind of art in terms of materials, genres, and diffusion
over various publics and over large global space.
The work itself becomes a charged site, which spontaneously attracts elements from all
over the natural and intellectual universe.
Chabet’s practice significantly dealt with the notion of repeating. His position as studio
arts professor at the College of Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines and his stint
as artistic director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines from 1960 to 1971 enabled
him to pursue this mission. From here on Chabet’s art will always have the sense of a
multilayered kind of art in terms of materials, genres and diffusion over various publics
and over a larger audience.