PROFESSOR and artist Palmy Pe Tudtud showcased an artistic depiction of a woman’s place in society through her exhibit “Pink as Metonym,” in celebration of International Women’s Day. Upon entering the venue, one is greeted with an assortment of shoes—pink, red, dark marsala—scattered all over the floor. Most of these are placed near a pink wall, with plastic figures of women hanging from the ceiling. At first glance, one would think that these were different poses. After reading the title “Wailing Wall,” one immediately thinks of a different story.
Tudtud interjects her advocacy to women’s welfare further by adding a memorabilia of hers—her own wedding gown; a garment that marks the beginnings of matrimonial life. While she shared that she is happily married, she knows that this isn’t always the case for other women hence, she named a particular installation “Do Not Cross The Line.” According to the artist, there is an “invisible line” between a woman and her full potential, and the limitations placed upon her are highlighted, when she takes on a role with titles like “good girl,” “devout wife” or “hardworking mom.”
Another part of the exhibit showcases household items paired with paintings, and an assemblage of lipsticks and bullets, further telling a tale of women—from their nurturing trait to the hope they carry amid the constant battle of unequal opportunities. Done through mixed media, Tudtud interpreted women and their respective roles in life, whether these are roles they chose for themselves or roles society chose for them.
For Tudtud, even while the exhibit is about women and for women, it still leaves room for all kinds of audiences to have their own interpretation.
“Pink as Metonym,” exhibiting at the Jose Joya Gallery of University of the Philippines Cebu, runs until March 29.