Pinta - Working with Pigment

Pinta - Working with Pigment

From The Archives


Working with Pigment

Mentrida uses three separate words for the application of pigment on a surface. In the Spanish lexicon, he records Pintar con pincel or painting brush as LILOC, and Pintar como se pintan, as BATOC. A Pintado hombre is a BATOCAN.  He also  includes words like INABLAIAN as  pintado en la espalda and DAGUPDUP for painting on the breast.

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Working with one application  of pigment – using blackened soot on skin,  Andrea Ragragio explores the practice of tattooing in the Visayas, its techniques  and  also its wider social contexts in relation to other tattooing traditions in Austronesia.

Andrea Malaya Ragragio is an anthropologist and archaeologist working with the Pantaron Manobo of southern Mindanao in the Philippines. At the moment, she is on study leave from teaching duties at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of the Philippines (Mindanao) to pursue PhD studies in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University. She was the recipient of an Early Career Grant from the National Geographic Society in 2018. She finished her BA in Anthropology (cum laude) and MA in Archaeology at the University of the Philippines (Diliman).

From the Archives

Pintar de Pincel

In this video, Jay Nathan Jore explores a second painting tradition in the Visayas as recorded by Mentrida  – “pintar de pincel” as classified under the Spanish portion of the lexicon.  Loosely translated as “a  brush tool for painting” the application of pigment using a “pincel”  is explored  in the painting traditions of Bohol’s  church ceilings.

Jay Nathan T. Jore teaches art history and theory, graphic and product design at the University of the Philippines Cebu Fine Arts Program where he serves as program coordinator. He is also the curator and director of the Jose T. Joya Gallery in UP Cebu. He finished his MA Art Studies: Art Theory and Criticism at the University of the Philippines Diliman where he completed his research on the church ceiling paintings of Cebu and Bohol. He also worked as art historian for Project Kisame that documents, studies and promotes the conservation of ceiling paintings of Philippine churches.

Art and Practice

Painting Bohol's Urnas

In this video,  Jacky presents her art pieces  – inspired by the religious  painting traditions of Bohol’s churches and religious objects. She especially focusses on painting on wood.

Jacquelou CurambaoAballe is a visual artist in the Province of Bohol. She is a muralist and a children’s book illustrator. She is the co-coordinator of the  BAJI Arts Collective and member of the Tadiyündi Arts Kèllèctiv. She is Committee Chairperson of Bohol Arts Culture and Heritage (BACH) Council – Visual Arts . She works with the National Museum – Church ceiling painting and Retablo projects under RGC Restoration and Conservation Services.




Working with Pigment

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