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BEYOND THE SEA
46.5 x 24.1 x 19.4cm

In “Beyond the Sea,” optimism is rendered  with  a  tangible  representation, showing the fisherman casting his net far and wide out  into  the open sea, very   much   hopeful   for   a    bountiful    catch.    The   Filipino ,   though  conservative by nature, also possesses a flair for risk-taking;  despite  the danger of being out there with  his small,  humble  boat serving  as his only fort,  he  dives  positively  into   the   sea   of   opportunities   that  the body of water could offer. 

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FLAVORS OF LIFE
18.4 x 6.7 x 12.4cm

Known to  always look at the bright side of life, the  Filipino  is  pictured  as the  sorbetero (or  ice  cream vendor)   in   Arden’s   “The Flavors of Life”   as   proof   of  his   appreciative nature for simple things—like when he passes by leisurely and starts to ring his bell,  and people  begin   to   huddle   around  him.  The  artwork  hint  at   how   Filipinos   can   find happiness   even   in   the  smallest   of    things.   In   this   piece,   happiness    has    been encapsulated   through  the  ice  cream  vendor’s cart, lending color and sweetness to an otherwise gloomy state.

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NOW IN THE FUTURE
24.1 x 13 x 13.3cm

The bridge between the past and the present personified, the cuchero is  presented  just as  he  is  about  to  tour  people  around   in  his  eye-catching  horse-drawn  carriage,  in what  is fittingly called  “Now in the Future.”  An old mode of transportation,  the Spanish-influenced  tartanilla  may  have  become   a   rare  sighting  in  most  cities  in  the  metro today,   but   this depiction encapsulates the Filipino’s ability to move along to  the  future while staying loyal to the traditions and valuing his heritage.

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THE CALL OF LIFE
16.8 x 10.2 x 16.2cm

If objects could only be  heard,  this  artwork  by  Arden  would  speak  of  how  a  Filipino treads  the   life   journey  with  his  head  held  up  high   amid   his humble vocation.  The magtataho (or taho vendor)  in  “The Call of Life”  is seen standing tall and proud, perhaps while   shouting  “taho”  at  the  top  of his  lungs,   despite   the   burden   placed   on   his shoulders,   the   load represented  by  the  two  heavy  metal  buckets  suspended  from the ends of a long piece of wood.

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FRUITS OF THY LABOR
13.7 x 8.3 x 9.5cm

Captured   in   the   middle   of   back-breaking   labor   against  an   idyllic backdrop  — notwithstanding  the  heat,   mud  and  painstaking   process involved—this is symbolic of the Filipino’s inherent ability to maximize the virtue  of  patience  in  waiting  for  the  right time  to  sow   and   harvest.   In   this piece, the Filipino perseverance takes form through the   vivid   imagery  of    the    crop   farmer.    Caught    halfway    in    his    bend-and-rise motion,   his  relentless  action  illuminates  his  fervent yearning to provide for his  family. Come  harvest  time,  he  celebrates  for  he  can  now  reap  what  he has sown and revel in “The Fruits of Thy Labor” as this piece so warmly portrays.         

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NURTURING HANDS
15.6 x 7.5 x 29cm

This  symbolizes  her  desire  to   always   give  nothing   but   the  best   to   her  family.  A device used in ancient times to prepare ingredients by  crushing them into  fine  paste  or powder, the large mortar and pestle allows  her to prepare for them the most refined and delicious food she  can  whip  with her “Nurturing Hands,” as  the  piece  is  aptly  referred to.   

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DEVOTION
14.3 x 11.1 x 27.3cm

After  sending  her  kids   to   school   and   tidying   up   the   house,  “Devotion” depicts  a mother   with   a   basin   and   a  pail,   getting  ready  to  wash  her family’s clothes.  More than the actual practice, the piece is indicative  of how devoted she is in  maintaining  the household  and  likewise  serving  as  the  instrument to ensure the purity of their familial bond.   

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LOVING ARMS
11.1 x 11.1 x 27cm

Beyond order, there is comfort as shown in Arden’s “The Loving Arms.” It is personified by an ideal mother who folds her arms and makes  with  it the most  tender  place  where  a child can sleep soundly in.  Arms  that  are  comforting,  like a  warm  embrace,  and  ever  reassuring  of  a  mother’s loving care.

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THE GUARDIAN OF LIFE
16.5 x 11.4 x 27.9cm

“The  Guardian  of  Life”   shows  a  woman  with  a  bilao  ( circular basket )  in  the  act  of pagtatahip   ( or   winnowing ),   a   representation   of   a    mother    who   considers    her family’s health   and   well-being   her  top  priority.   She painstakingly  looks  through the rice  grains,   taking   out  one  by  one  the  impurities   that   come   along.  If  the  Filipina mother can  safeguard  her family from any harm, she undoubtedly will.

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THE KEEPER
14 x 11.1 x 26.7cm

Arden’s “The Keeper” shows how the mother creates a tidy space  for  her and her  family—as  she brooms every nook and cranny,  spick-and-span. Cleanliness and orderliness is of  utmost  importance  to  her.  She  keeps the  house  and  their  surroundings  spotless every  day,   to  welcome   a   harmonious   co-existence   among   the  members   of  the family  and  make way for a fresh start.   

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