The Asian Cultural Council Art Auction 2019

February 23,2019 | 02:00 PM
G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Philippines



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Riel Hilario  b.1976

The Guardian of One’s Flowering and Fruition
carved wood, polychrome
with base: H: 59” x L : 18 1/2” x W: 20 1/2” (150 cm x 47 cm x 52 cm) without base: H: 52 1/2” x L :

PHP 300,000

This sculpture takes its form from a series the artist calls “the flowering body”. This is in reference to the celebration of corporeal existence, through which we exclusively experience life, as a contrapuntal or contentious position to religious figurative sculpture, where the artist takes his point of departure. The piece is the sculptor’s take on the Edenic, pre-Fall idea of Man as naturally flowering and blossoming not unlike the Garden where he originally occupies. The work here represents an “Eve” as a prepubescent girl, whose body blossoms like the flora of the Garden, confidently reaching out for a hand of Adam, as she would share in the delight and power of innocence and beginnings. The artist constructs his alternative mythology from this interpretation of Edenic innocence and fruition, challenging the Augustine’s dogma of Original Sin and denying the Fall its power over the Spirit of Man.

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