Jem Magbanua

Jem Magbanua (Philippines) Residence: May to June, 2016

Jem Magbanua is a visual artist based in the Philippines. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore in 2014. Her work has been exhibited in the Philippines, Singapore, and the United States.

She examines ideas of the nature of place, of human beings in place, and of the organic and artificial structures that shape such being. Her drawings and collages are acts of contemplation on the flux of the bustling city life and how it affects a person’s sense of belonging.

During her four-week stay at Studio Kura, she will explore the idea of time and temporality in the art of Japanese gardening. Through the act of drawing, she will reflect on how gardens extend our definition of “home” and what purpose they serve in making our own temporality appreciable to us.

– Jem Magbanua’s website