No one can resist the seductive power of Danilo Dalena’s illustration, who started as an editorial cartoonist of the revered and now defunct Philippines Free Press. In this pen-and-ink on paper work, the artist showcases the expressive quality of his figuration, with the elongation of limbs and the general elaboration of the human form. Rendered in different poses (and their corresponding attitudes or mental states) and framed by a suggestion of a landscape behind them, the three faceless women are perhaps a nod to the Three Graces, but this time seen through a prism of a modern lens.
Instead of offering charities or virtues, could these women be offering carnal pleasure, just like those in Dalena’s famous Alibang-bang series? Regardless of what gifts they proffer, Dalena captures them in a mood of desolation, inquiring into their plight and offering a sense of escape as symbolized by the wide-open window.