Solenn Heussaff contributes once again to the local art scene as she opens her second art exhibit, Kalsada, at the Provenance Gallery of Modern Art at the Shangri-La at the Fort in Bonifacio Global City.
Compared to her first, Solenn's second outing as an artist puts the spotlight on an unlikely partner-in-crime and artistic inspiration: her three-year-old nephew, Kaeden.
“Mas strong siya para sa akin than my first one.
"Lahat ng mga painting mas may meaning ngayon, because my nephew is part of all of them,” Solenn told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and Spot.ph during her interview.
Solenn and Kaeden spent a year and a half working on the collection.
“I’ve been posting a lot of videos recently of him and me painting, and if you look at the paintings, all the background is Kaeden.
“I mean, I use him as my brush and every thing.
“We do the canvasses together and then since he lives in Singapore, when he’s gone, I work on the subject.”
Their first finished canvas was the work titled "Pare Ko," which features two street vendors.
Solenn continues, “[Kaeden] really chooses the colors.
“I mean, I tell him, ‘What you want?’ because he knows primary lang, siyempre.
“So if he wants blue, I’ll be the one to choose which of my 55 blues I have.”
Solenn tried her hand at replicating Kaeden’s style, but somehow, it didn’t quite have the same spark.
“It really works because I tried one time, I had to do another piece, and I tried do the background.
“Since it’s so structured in my head, it was too structured on the painting din so it didn’t have the same magic,” she admits.
THE YOUTH. The Kalsada exhibit was a challenge for Solenn since this was the first time she decided to portray children as her subjects.
The Alyas Robin Hood star preferred having older people as subjects, particularly for her first exhibit.
She says, “I usually don’t like painting children.
"I’m more into painting older people, which is why my first exhibit is all really old people…
“I like older people because I feel like they have lived longer and they’ve been through much more. I dunno, more depth yung eyes nila.
“The kids though, I love them. It’s just that they are harder to paint.
“You get one line wrong, it changes the whole face.
“With older people, the more wrinkles you put, the more character it gets, so it’s very tricky.”
But her trip to Samar last July encouraged her to give it a shot.
Solenn says, “So sabi ko, ‘Sige nga, I’ll try.’
“This is the new generation.
“The new people that will be following right after us… they’re the ones who are going to change the future and not us anymore.”
She then adds the challenge of making her exhibit interesting for the youth.
“I didn’t want it to be just an exhibit. I wanted it to be more of an experience.
“I mean, many people are into art now, but it’s still little by little.
“You don’t see young people just go to the gallery or anything like that.
“Since I know people are into OOTDs, so I said, ‘Why don’t we deck up the gallery to look like the streets?’
“Para maganda rin sa pictures, motivate people to actually come to the gallery and see things, and maybe interpret things their own way with this street concept.
“So, it’s my way of teaching them [to appreciate art].”
The exhibit will run until November 5.
CELEBRITIES SPOTTED. Some of Solenn’s celebrity friends and art enthusiasts attended the opening of her exhibit last October 20, at the Shangri-La at the Fort.
(L-R) Raymond Gutierrez, Jessica Wilson, Georgina Wilson, Martine Cajucom, and Mortiz Gastl
Carla Abellana and Tom Rodriguez
Iza Calzado and Rhian Ramos
(L-R) Nar Cabico, Ben Alves, and Jerald Napoles
Carlo Gonzalez and Luane Dy
With husband Nico Bolzico
The Kalsada art exhibit is for the benefit of the Kalipay Negrense Foundation, a non-profit foundation which shelters abused street children in Bacolod.
On why she chose this foundation, Solenn explains, "Sometimes I’m in the car, and I’m looking out, and I see all the people lining up.
"And I’m like, you know, you complain about the little things when they are probably lining up for three hours getting a two-hour ride home, going to sleep, and then they have to leave for work again.
"So I always try to imagine. Siyempre, you can’t help everyone. This is my way of starting."
Her exhibit runs until November 5.