FEU tilt highlights how art evolves in this pandemic

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  • December 29, 2020
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It conveys life today–from the need for surgical masks to how eyes hurt in virtual learning

To showcase the rapid evolution of art in recent years was the main goal of the FEU Institute of Architecture and Fine Arts Student Council in organizing the Kindling an Unprecedented Masterpiece through Art and Style (KUMPAS) competition in mid-November. The FEU student leaders believe that in this pandemic, engaging in various forms of art proves to be a relief from stress and motivates us to reflect on ourselves for improvement.  

“Art has taken thousands of steps further into innovation and today, we see artworks made digitally more often. It is astonishing how technology and art have intertwined and created their own form of art,” said IARFA SC President Neilwena Tumacay. 

Artists competed in categories of photography, watercolor painting, poetry writing, digital art.

The winners were announced in the official Facebook and Twitter pages of FEU IARFA SC @IARFASC earlier this December.

“Tree of life” by Edgar Warren David
The Tree of Life resembles an abstract tree sprouting from the ground. Its canopy of leaves is rendered as a glass dome with a lattice pattern.

This artwork that I took is perfect for the theme course-related photography. I chose this artwork because it is related to my course which is architecture, and I also want to share that architectural photography is something you can also learn by experiencing it and exploring every little thing.

As I begin to study architecture I find it hard to learn and understand, but when I see different buildings and structures it seems that I want to know more about them, how it became like that, where the design came from and what is the story behind the work of art. 

My curiosity helps me to choose what course to take in college. Actually, this photo was taken during my senior high school, when it was my first time to visit the different museums in Manila. As I entered and saw the beautiful structure of the National Museum of Natural History I stopped walking and stared at the beautiful tree-like structure.

I took a photo of it as my remembrance because it was my first visit to the museum and also my first time to see a unique design of structure which resembles a tree. I took photos as many as I could because I could see its beauty from different angles. I also want to share that with others because every time I take photos I try to find ways to look at the perfect angle where all the details and parts of the architecture are shown, and I try to bring those out in new ways that people don’t usually see.

I want them to realize that this photo is not just a photo of an architectural building, but one where I found out and learned about the beauty and purpose of architecture which inspired me to study architecture. 

Architectural buildings are built not just for its occupants, but also to preserve everything like history. It also a way for other people to share their stories with others through their artwork. You can see and understand those different stories of architectural buildings by looking beyond them.


“Drive carefully, God bless” by Jacob Lamsen

Ang salitang nakapinta sa karatula na makikita sa larawan ay maaaring ihalintulad sa paglalakbay tungo sa pagiging ganap na Arkitekto. Hindi biro ang mga pagsubok na pag daraanan sa kursong ito, dahil ang pagiging isang Arkitekto ay may responsibilidad at tungkulin na dapat gampanan sa ating lipunan, kung kaya’t kailangan natin ng gabay sa May Kapal. Enjoyin mo lang ang journey, dahil ito ang magiging tulay sa iyong tagumpay. 

In short, “Drive Carefully, God Bless.”


“Espacio” by Mary Barrientos
A space where there is full of laughter, joy and sadness. It is built from loving deeds and filled with memories. Just a cozy little space whereanyone can have a sense of refreshment.


“Fat boi” by Angelo Sebastian 

1. Everything can be a “fat tiger” 

2. The chunky prophecy is true.

3. Tigers are just big (fat) cats.

4. Yung nagtatampo ka kaso di ka nya sinusuyo.


“Beacon” by Jamilou Ramirez


“Embodiments of responsibility” by Anthony Mesana Rugas III
By correlating this artwork of mine to the chosen theme, it becomes both relevant and a revelation. This artwork was meant to spread a message of what masks should be used, as you can see; I have incorporated the elements of an Oni and Plague doctor masks, both masks that are prevalent in the era and culture we have today.

Those masks may seem not the ones to be used in the  pandemic—that is why I have put another element on top of them and these are surgical masks to educate and bring awareness that using other masks for beauty and showing off will not save them in this current pandemic.

It is an act of responsibility to use the surgical masks to prevent the virus spread. How is this relevant to the online class cycle? Well, we artists tend to roam around everywhere to find inspiration, find materials and find ourselves to share and reflect during online classes and how are we to protect ourselves especially in the current situation? 

I was so happy that I got to make a poster like this because I really want to visually commune with people, specially my age, and that I believe is both an accomplishment for a visual artist and Fine Arts Visual Communication Student of FEU.


“Blue light” by Jameson Huang
During one of our presentations on education and science, I brought up a question for the class before we ended— “With an almost unlimited access of data on the internet, when do you think  when classes will be held virtually.” Our professor responded with a doubt, “Not so soon, maybe decades.”

Literally weeks later, it happened. Like how the second world war forced the advancement of technology, COVID-19 forced education to adapt with technology and what we think might be far ahead may actually be only days away.

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