ACRYLIC eggs were the star of “HATCH,” a collaborative exhibit between UST Museum and Manila Bulletin, which opened on Sept. 12.

Using an unconventional canvas in the form of an egg, the exhibit sought to encourage people to be more creative and inspired to make non-traditional art. A total of 100 eggs were put on display.

“The use of an unconventional medium by itself generated a new genre of art which is egg as a medium of visual arts,” Herminio Coloma, executive vice president of Manila Bulletin, told the Varsitarian.

“We are always looking out for new avenues of creative expression. Instead of being a flat surface, it is round, so it’s a 360-degree canvas, so the artist would be given many ways of imagining new interpretations,” he added.

Various Thomasian artists displayed concepts with various artistic approaches.

Janos Dela Cruz, who graduated with a degree in fine arts in 2006, portrayed printmaking as a form of artwork in his black and white wood block painting “Lifeline.”

“The reason I got interested with [the theme] is the unique tradition of UST being the first and oldest printing press in the country,” Dela Cruz said.

Known for his style of using Philippine churches as his subjects, 1968 advertising graduate Al Perez illustrated Ilocos Sur’s Bantay Church and St. Therese in “Bantay Church Bell Tower Ilocos and St. Therese.”

Fine arts alumnus Thomas Daquioag, who graduated with a degree in painting in 1994, depicted a smiling baby and an egg with a crown of thorns above him in “Ang Tao.”

Other artists like 1970 painting graduate Nemi Miranda and 2001 College of Fine Arts and Design alumnus CJ Tañedo also joined the exhibit.

“HATCH” runs until Oct. 12.


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