I Promise This Time Around No One’s Gonna Love You More Than I Do
I Promise This Time Around No One’s Gonna Love You More Than I Do, 2021
43″ x 63″
oil on canvas
I Promise This Time Around No One’s Gonna Love You More Than I Do, looks into the artist’s self-exploration of their inner child. Questioning how systems of oppression, whether it be internalized, institutional, or cultural, can affect one’s own identity and how they see themselves and their environment.
The forms of symbolism and the placement of subjects are inspired by 15th- century Renaissance paintings that relied on iconography. I Promise This Time Around No One’s Gonna Love You More Than I Do, uses specific imagery and colour scheme to convey the emotion of self-acceptance and coming into terms with how you were raised contributes to the person you are today.
Interpretation and Symbolism
RICE PLANTS AND MOUNTAINS – depicts the location and what it means to be associated in between two homes and cultures. Rice plants situated on the bottom and mountains placed above illustrate the process of immigration and the journey from the Philippines to Canada.
MOTHS – superstition and myth, of a deceased, loved one in your presence. Including the awareness that past generations are always there in spirit watching and guiding.
CAMCORDER – examines the history of media, within past and present exhibited false stereotypes towards Asians and more specifically the dangers in the fetishization of Asian women.
PORTRAITURE AND STAIRS- explores the reality of struggle within chasing success, ambitions and self-worth. Directed towards the pressure and need to belong to society’s standards.
FRAME – the bright yellow frame resembling Gothic and Romanesque architecture reveals religion. Whereby the values of Christianity through the institution and culture can either positively or negatively impact the morals of a young child.