“TRES” Tres or the number “Three” (3), has always been ascribed special significance by various societies in our history.  A number designated to the triune divinity, it is also symbolic of stability in geometry, and of balance and pointing to a rise of consciousness when harmony is achieved in body, mind and spirit. Its symbolic value resonates the works of these three artists Margaux Blas, Joebert Gayoma, and Roland Llarena, who consciously reflect with their choice of materials and colors on their canvases for the exhibition “TRES.”

The works of Roland Llarena narrates his own story on the concept of time (past, present, future). Each color represents a timeline of his life. Where the black ink represents his own personal dark period, a dark past that he cannot forget.

On his works “Separation” and “Almost”, it explains his dark approach by reflecting his own experience, coming from a broken family, and how his depression almost made him despise his own life. Silver represents the silver lining of his dark past where he comes to an understanding of why things happens.  His awakening is reflected on his work “From Darkness Comes Beauty”.  Gold on his canvas tells of how he has found his hope. His work “Oneness” sums a wholistic approach to positivity.

Margaux Blas’ works projects Feminism as she portrays women as a symbol of Strength, Beauty and Wisdom. She shares her awareness of society and her outlook towards Social Equality, Environmental and Cultural Issues, and Women Empowerment.

Inspired by Nikola Teslas’ numerical obsession with the number 3 and its multiples in unravelling the secrets of the Universe and Carl Jung’s analytical psychology, she lets her inner psyche flow towards the canvas. Her brilliant colors depict the form of nature that merges with photographs, calligraphy & street art.  Her works also reflect environmental issues. There is always a female form that emerges from her works that represents Women Empowerment.  It is her homage to the divine feminine.

As a person living in a rural area, she knows very well the relationship between humans and Mother Nature. In her work “New Earth”, her awareness on social issues that involves indigenous people is reflected as for her, their cultural values and beliefs still and rightly values Nature.  All her works reflect her quest the liberation of the female identity.

Joebert Gayoma’s works sticks into the Holistic approach of well-being. A human can only perceive 3-spatial dimension to walk this life and that’s why we must keep our Mind, Body and Soul in balance. We must achieve harmony, wisdom and understanding in this life.

His work “Vessel”portrays a torso with a burning hole in his heart and an entangled stomach. Sometimes our hunger and desire are stronger than our hearts and it leaves our body astray to push our dignity aside. We must always find balance between our worldly desires in relation to our bodies.

“Perception” is the translation of our mind of what is happening around us. It is our awareness of the chaos and beauty provided by the cosmic order that we tend to organize in our minds to see a better understanding of life.  Seeing patterns, we get to see how things are part of a greater order, one we are part of.

“Wisdom” is our inner-voice and vision. It constantly grows as we improve our conscience and consciousness. Taming the mind, body and soul seem easy, but in reality, is hard.

Through these expositions on the trinity of Body, Mind, and Soul, the three artists Llarena, Blas, and Gayoma express a world view of the need for wholeness and harmony.  Like a triangle pointing to the sky, the trio insinuate the need to raise our awareness in order to make life better for ourselves and the world at large.

Text by Joebert Gayoma

Curated by Ricky Francisco