Sunugin: a shrine, by Alesha Aquino | Stairwell, 1st to 2nd floor


Sunugin: a shrine, by Alesha Aquino | Stairwell, 1st to 2nd floor


Sunugin (which means, "to burn" in Tagalog) is the cursed goddess of affirmation and fire. Before becoming the object of scorn, Sunugin was a timid goddess who glimmered in the night sky. Fate brought her to the deep, deep dark where she suffered in her loneliness, harboured resentment as a fire in her chest and poisoned her mind with insecurity. She grew scales and lumps, becoming too heavy to move, thus sinking lower into the ground, until one day she plucked a lump of coal from her skin and set it on fire. As it burned, she sang an affirmation every night, regaining her self-worth until she shed all the poison, all the doubt and reclaimed her spot in the sky. This installation is an homage to Sunugin’s life and power, as well as any individual's personal battle with low spirits and despair. It is a narrative about pushing oneself to their limits and discomforts in order to feel every bit of misery to realize life’s greatest joys. ————————————————— Alesha Aquino is a Filipina-Canadian, multidisciplinary artist whose practice revolves around weaving, painting and sculpture. She is inspired by the role that mythology plays in our daily experiences, using syncretic narratives as a tool to explore the link between spirituality, identities to higher powers and the cathartic process of creativity.


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