People often think of the museums and art galleries as the primary repository for art. Displayed on large expanses of often white walls are framed paintings, prints and sculptures. But upon seeing Nemiranda ArtHouse in Angono Rizal, we discovered that art can also live in places and homes of the people who actually created it.
Nemesio Miranda or popularly known for his art as Nemiranda is a child of the lakeshore town Angono. His works reflect the mystic charm of his home town. From pastoral and cultural scenes to activities of lake workers, he draws the human form through pure imagination, an art discipline he introduced called Imaginative Figurism.
Nemi built a home-studio called the Nemiranda ArtHouse that in itself captures the images of the town. Reminders of the local culture can be seen on walls from mythical creatures like the sirena (mermaid) to characters from Filipino folklore.
Mommy Julieta (the artist’s mother-in-law) showed us around the house, through the galleries at the first floor and the artist’s studio at the second floor where we chance upon an unfinished work of Nemi. According to Mommy Julieta, then house constantly evolves. When Nemi builds additions to existing structures or rework existing materials, he treat spaces as works of art on his own terms. Often, the materials he chooses to work with (like wood, metal and concrete) are the same ones he uses in his artworks. These are the materials he is familiar to manipulating, Mommy Julieta added.
This proves that at the Nemiranda ArtHouse, art is not just a mere decorative element to complement the wall coverings, floors, and windows, it is important, as basic, as the house’s foundation.
Visit the Nemiranda ArtHouse at #10 Dona Elena St. Dona Justa Village I, Angono Rizal. Telefax: 451.15.80