Published March 17, 2023
Drawing from age-old techniques to reflect and challenge social and personal matters, the interplay between weaving and the playful imaginary creatures is an important aspect of Filipino contemporary artist Liezl Navales’ works.
Navales’ usual process involves assembling her characters into collages on incongruously patterned fabrics. Filled with symbolism and subtle poetic meaning, Navales’ art explores the topic of memory, emotion, intimacy, femininity, death, and fantasy with every piece dealing with different qualities of the human experience from mythical stories to the passage of time. Her brightly colored textiles, experimental tapestries, and innovative approach to weaving upholds her experiences and visions of identity and folklore by capturing the chaos of quirky and fuzzy cats, monsters, creatures, plants, and otherworldly characters.
Not limited by the context or outcome of an installation, Navales reinvents the medium bringing new materials, applications, and aesthetics to her textile creations. She allows for various meanings to come from those impacted by her work, with a creative emphasis aimed at celebrating healing and her love for zoology, mythology, and magical forces. She reinvents the medium bringing new materials, applications, and aesthetics to her textile creations.
Liezl Navales is a Filipino contemporary artist who graduated from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. She has participated in several group shows across notable galleries such as KalawakanSpacetime, Sampaguita Projects, Altro Mondo, Gravity Art Space, Kamias Special Projects, VintanaPH, and Orange Projects. She continues to produce wearable art.