A Heart’s Choice (a 10-foot long diptych - created in two parts) is artist Paulina Constancia’s personal interpretation of The Tale of Two Wolves, a legend often attributed to the
A Heart’s Choice (a 10-foot long diptych – created in two parts) is artist Paulina Constancia’s personal interpretation of The Tale of Two Wolves, a legend often attributed to the Native American Cherokee tribe.
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight ad it is between two wolves. One is good. He is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.” He continued, “The other wolf is evil. He is anger, envy, hate, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride and superiority”. “The same fight is going on inside of you, and inside every other person, too,” explained the wise Cherokee elder. The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” The grandfather simply replied, “The one you feed.”
Paulina explains, “I often draw inspiration from my own life experiences. However, simple but profound songs and stories that communicate across cultural barriers also move me to create. The Tale of Two Wolves is definitely a story that merits a retelling through generations around the world. Thus, A Heart’s Choice was born out of my deep desire to visually retell this timeless tale. I hope my work can help spread this tale and the message that we each hold within our hearts the power to choose to be good.”
About The Artist
Paulina Constancia (b. 1970) is a multifaceted Filipino-Canadian naïve artist best known for her bright-coloured, whimsical narratives painted on quilts and tiles that are also reflected in her writing. She is essentially a communicator and central to all her creations is the message of LOVE – for self and others, of solitude and communion, of nature and life’s simple joys. Mix in her love of experimenting and learning and the result is art that is constantly evolving. She finds great delight in exploring various media. Her journey has led her to designing fashion, composing music, hand building with clay, telling stories on tiles, painting quilts, making an assemblage of found metals, painting with words and many more. Paulina has exhibited her art in the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Greece, Poland, Slovenia, the Netherlands, Mexico, and in various cities in the U.S.A. and Canada. A permanent collection of her art may be viewed at the Museum of Naïve Art (MoNA) and the Museum of Bicycling (MoB) in Cebu, Philippines. Learn more about the artist at www.paulinaconstancia.com
An exhibition space where artists explore links between community and creativity, the WINDOW Gallery is located in Roundhouse main entrance off Pacific Street.
Dates Thu Mar 1 – Mon Apr 30
Location WINDOW Gallery, Roundhouse main entrance
March 1 (Thursday) - April 30 (Monday)