Fabric, wool, thread and recycled strips of cloth
243.84 (H) x 396.24 cm (L)
Nest is central to the triumvirate of massive works that formed part of an installation/ exhibition entitled Pugad - organized by the European Cultural Council, at the Palazzo Mora during the 57th Venice Biennale.
The work seemingly spirals towards the centre of our beginning, marking birth as the core of familial bonds and the virtues of humanity. This is epitomized by the artist tying strips of recycled cloth, used to make floor mats or rags, building a tensile armature to contain density against a long stretch of fabric – could we possibly suggest a metaphor where strips of our past form memories that shapes our whole person? Or is it very simply believing that what we absorb, and what put out in the world, matters. Nest is a single young artist’s metaphysical paean against adversity and the human will, after all. He believes in the rhythms and routines of the human soul from birth to growth to maturity that characterize our course of existence: to love, to live, to lust, to learn, to linger and live on.
Raffy T. Napay was born in 1986 in Manila, Philippines. He graduated from Eulogio Amang Rodriguez of Science and Technology (EARIST) in 2009 with a Fine Arts degree. Whilst in school, he started gaining recognition for his skill.
Napay originally used oil paints, until he developed an adverse allergy to the medium. Whilst recovering, he explored the potential of other materials, and explored working with the available threads and textiles at home. Growing up with a seamstress mother, Napay was exposed to a wide variety of threads, cotton and fabrics and these materials gave him a strong ground into a different world of cre….