Lady Fishbone wins Maningning Miclat Art

BINMALEY— Local artist known as “Lady Fishbone” won the grand prize of the prestigious Maningning Miclat Art Awards 2018 on Sept. 26 at the Far Eastern University in Manila with her artwork made from bangus (milkfish) bones.

Jessica Lopez’s “Motion of Life” mounted on 48 X 36 inches plywood with black background got the judges’ nod from among 62 contestants who submitted their entries.

Lopez holds her trophy beside her winning art piece. (Punchphoto by Willie Lomibao)

Lopez described her “Motion for Life” artwork like a dance. “We sway and move in different directions.” She said no matter how painful sometimes things are, “we still move because it’s life.”

Her entry was initially among 18 semi-finalists who brought their original artwork to the judging venue for final selection of winners.

The 26-year old Jessica, known as Lady Fishbone, is a mother to a four-year-old son.

Because of financial constraints, she dropped out of college at the Pangasinan State University where she was enrolled for a business administration course.

To help support her art, her father collects fish bones from bangus deboners in Dagupan City and she patiently cleans them and turns them into beautiful pieces of art.

Lopez said she was unaware of the Maningning Miclat Award until a friend sent her the mechanics of the contest which was open to artists aged 28 and below, and required participants to submit one entry done in oil, watercolor, pen and ink, acrylic, brush and ink, or mixed media.

As the grand prize winner, Lopez received a Julie Lluch Sculpture trophy, P28,000.00, Miclat book collection, and a solo exhibit at District Gallery. The prize P28,000 represents the age when Miclat died.

“I hope this will open doors of opportunity to me,” Lopez said, and she will use the cash prize for her mother’s medical expenses.

Today, she busies herself preparing for her solo exhibit at District Gallery in Quezon City sometime in December.

The Maningning Miclat Art Awards was named after poet and painter Maningning Miclat born in China to Filipino parents. She was known for her Chinese bamboo Zen paintings and her poetry. (with PhilStar wire service)

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