11 x 14 inch acrylic paint and collage on panel
Edition of 1
Threatened by habitat loss, tarsiers are on the brink of being endangered. In Extinction event we see the tarsier eating its lunch while clinging onto a poison fish tree. Superimposed on the tarsier is a broken porcupine quill that playfully evokes the arms of a clock. Under the tree is the packaging of frozen bilimbi. Cruz’s hometown was named after the sour fruit of bilimbi, locally known as Kamias. Similar to the tarsier, the artist’s old neighborhood is experiencing the impending arrival of modernity.
Patrick Cruz is an interdisciplinary Filipino-Canadian artist, organizer, and educator born and raised in Quezon City, Philippines—currently living and working on the unceded land of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Cruz studied painting at the University of the Philippines Diliman, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Guelph, and a certificate in Pochinko clowning. Cruz is a co-founding member of Kamias Special Projects (KSP), a curatorial collective that hosts the Kamias Triennial in his hometown of Quezon City.