NatureLuxe Art Exhibit by Ethel Dalida at Essentia Calgary on February 7, 2013
Ethel Dalida, a Canadian artist with roots in the Phillipines, has been drawing and painting since she was seven. Ethel Dalida is currently studying towards a Bachelor in Visual Fine Arts and a Certificate in Interior Design from the University of Calgary. Her art has been displayed in events like Imaginasian Art Gala, the Calgary Stampede, BMO Centre, and Breakfast Television.
Of her art, Ethel has this to say:
When I was a child growing up in Western society, I was easily influenced by the images I saw in the media. I quickly caught a grasp that to fit in, women must look, dress, and act a certain way to succeed and be accepted. Now as a young woman, I can see that these images are just artificial illustrations and portrayals of the natural beauty that lies within each person. My new pieces explore the relationship of people with the media’s idea of attractiveness. I hope to send the message that we need to stop society defining how we live because people are beautiful just the way they are. Instead of praising the beauty we see in others, for this month of February, I am hoping that we at least take a moment to stop to love and celebrate ourselves.
I am currently trying to further explore the world of art and break free of the traditional mediums and techniques that were taught to me since I was seven. I found myself constantly starting all over again with this new body of work. My mediums are usually acrylic and graphite, so my techniques for these pieces are mostly experimental and include the use of makeup as a foreign medium. Though creating these pieces placed me outside of my comfort zone, I hope my identity and voice with each work of art I have created still remain.
Ethel Dalida will be holding an Opening Night for her art show, NatureLuxe, at Essentia, 1113 Kensington Road, Calgary, T2N 3M1, on February 7, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!
To view a video of the process Ethel used for one of her pieces, check out this video: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgTWhif0Gq4[/youtube].