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Corina Borromeo

What inspires you?

Painting helps me make sense of my own thoughts and feelings. It can be a form of meditation for me; a way to wind down after an eventful day. I started painting when I was really young but never really focused on it seriously until recently. It was something I did simply because it made me happy. 

The intention is to try to reignite a sense of awe and curiosity in individuals who view my art. Taking them to a place where their imagination may run free. I think it is important to keep a child-like wonder for life, especially in adulthood. That’s why the element of play is such an integral part of my creation process. I allow my imagination to run free and explore the possibilities of what each material and medium can offer me. 

Plants, animals and patterns interest me most, and usually this can lead to anthropomorphic and whimsical qualities in my work. 

How would you describe your style?

I think my style is in the process of being further developed. I enjoy experimenting with different mediums and materials. Right now, I'm really enjoying experimenting with glow in the dark paint. It is one of the ways in which I put the concept of play into action. Through the use of layering techniques and the manipulation of lighting, I can create multi-layered experiences, that allow viewers to interact with my work by playing with light. The glow emitting from the paint can only be seen with the lights turned off while other aspects of it can only be viewed when the lights are turned on. This allows the painting to be viewed under varying light conditions and reveals the paintings many different forms and images, creating a fun and interactive experience for its viewers.




Where does your love for animals and nature stem from?

I actually had this massive obsession for dogs when I was 5. I remember being that age and making it my mission to memorise all the dog breeds I could from this old, frayed, dog book that my older cousin passed down to me. Haha, I was a weird kid, I'm probably still weird now. As for my interest in nature, well that stems from the fact that I wasn't allowed to play with video games as a young child. Forced to play outside and explore, trees and nature became my playground. I also really enjoyed David Attenborough documentaries and would imagine myself exploring the rainforest as I sat in-between the plants in my moms garden.

How has the current pandemic affected you creatively?

There are two things I started when I began my self quarantine. The first, was a 21 day, meditation practice that I began with some friends and the second, was to take up a short class online. Staying home I finally have the time to do the things that I have been putting off. The 21 day meditation practice has helped me treat the anxiety that i've been feeling about this period of time, by teaching me to live presently and with gratitude.  It's important to take care of your mental health too during a period like this. While the online classes I am taking will help me improve and develop my creative skill. I'm using this time now as a period of introspective exploration and self-discovery. 

Also, I'm slowly running out of my regular painting materials. I'm limited by what I can purchase online and sometimes waiting for my items to arrive takes quite some time. So this period of self quarantine has encouraged me to start looking at other materials that I can use for my art out of necessity. It's exciting to see my creativity being pushed like this.



What kind of impact does this have on artists career, in your opinion?

With the inability to meet in groups right now we are encouraged to look at other avenues in which we can share our work with the world. I think now is a good time to be developing our online presence so that we can continue to share and showcase our work while staying safe and keeping everyone we care about safe too. Although we may not be providing a necessary service, we can at least alleviate some stress by encouraging ourselves and others to keep creative. Creativity is important and can be an effective tool in building mental resilience, improving focus and contributing to your overall welfare. 

What keeps you grounded?

Keeping in touch with friends and family helps remind me that I am not alone in this. Together we can keep each other calm and sane. I'm really thankful to have that kind of support present in my life. 

Practicing gratitude is also really important. Taking time in your day to reflect and count your blessings, helps bring a sense of calm to our current chaos. If you're feeling stressed It's okay to slow down. Take life a day at a time. Breathe!

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