Foreword by Harriet FeBland. The book brings together six essays about the work of Imelda Cajipe Endaya and the culture that nurtured her art. Co-authors are Patrick D. Flores, Flaudette May V. Datuin, Scott Koterbay, Ruben Defeo and Elizabeth Lolarga. Folio of mixed media works 1998-2208. 80 pages. Published by Lenore RS Lim Foundation for the Arts.
The artist’s life work in the Philippines has been consistently clustered along the themes of cultural identity, gender, race, nation, migration, displacement, and globalization from the point of an enlightened Filipina visual artist. She was awarded the Centennial Honors for the Arts by the Republic of the Philippines in 1999. She has gained recognition in the Asia-Pacific contemporary art world for the distinctly Filipino and female statements in her art, as well as her cultural leadership in the advocacy of women. Moving to New York in 2005, she continues to create exceptional womanly expressions that keep evolving within the context of her roots and the dynamism of her time and place. While the essays elucidate and critique the artist’s vigorous development of more formidable themes and styles of her earlier period, the folio of selected works done from 1998 to 2008 feature the lighter, and more portable pieces of Endaya’s work. These evidence her delight and fascination with tactile materials and hybrid techniques, even as she raises issues like environment vis-à-vis appropriate technology, and the debate between 'male masterpiece' and 'women's craft'.