Quotes

Color

"Living in Washington a friend of mine, Chai Khambhu, told me that my colors were losing intensity. Right then and there, I knew that it was time to get back to my Asian roots.I have observed over the past twenty tears that weather and cultural surroundings have a major impact on one's outlook.This is also the case in painting." - Interview with Angela A. Adams, 'Artist and Community', 1994
"Color is the total expression because it is always there and dominates every work. My colors are strong - vibrant yellows, blues, greens, reds and browns." - Artist Statement, "Abstract Emotions",1998
"When I use batik on my oil paintings, the result is a brighter, lighter -colored painting. When I use the ikat woven cloth, my paintings are in a darker, somber mood." - Artist Statement, "Abstract Emotions",1998

Painting

"I am a painter who paints from the guts and if I don't like it, then I don't like it." - Interview with Ian Findlay-Brown, Asian Art News, 1994
"A lot of people can't understand my work when they see it. They want me to explain it in mythological terms, but I don't think that way." - Interview with Ian Findlay-Brown, Asian Art News, 1994
"Being a painter has opened my eyes to a lot of things that I couldn't see before. You begin to notice people's faces, the graffiti, which was once ugly but is now beautiful." - Interview with Ian Findlay-Brown, Asian Art News, 1994
"I have always thought of myself as a pioneer -- doing different things, taking chances." - Interview with Ian Findlay-Brown, Asian Art News, 1994
"I always feel good when I am in my studio and just being their in front of a blank canvas is like starting all over again. You wonder how you are going to start again but the experience makes you very humble. It makes you clean. Facing the blank canvas I feel that this new piece is the most important thing that I am going to work on.You are faced with another future. To hell with what you have done." - Interview with Ian Findlay-Brown, Asian Art News, 1994
"I am not slow, I am a fast worker once the image begins to appear, but I need more time. I want to have 36 hours in a day. My medium is time consuming." - Interview with Ian Findlay-Brown, Asian Art News, 1994
"I used to paint oil on canvas but it became a nuisance for me to have paintings in frames. I wanted my work to be more portable and free. I did not want to think about it in a frame." - Interview with Ian Findlay-Brown, Asian Art News, 1994
"I have always been hard to classify, and my work is an extension of me. People are always trying to put things in neat little boxes. My work doesn't fit into any of those. I believe that as long as my work is original and has a strong artistic quality, that it will be appreciated."
"I am very passionate about my art. I (unconsciously) breathe art, think art and live art. As an artist my mind is constantly attuned to my paintings, Sometimes I can't sleep at night because I am thinking about my work. Oh, what would I do with that yellow? The yellow keeps coming to my mind."
"Art should be experimental - you play, compose and each piece will eventually become part of a series in making. As an artist totally dedicated to art, I put all my mental and physical energy into my work - art is my life."
"I always paint with music in my studio, not classical music but the blues, jazz or hard rock. Music helps me get into the flow of my painting."

Materials

"The thing I like when I create something is the amount of work involved in it. Creating the surface, I get really occupied with that, building it up whether it is just painting or adding mirrors, shells and beads. That is exciting. And in many of my work the reality of using indigenous materials is important to me." - Interview with Ian Findlay-Brown, Asian Art News, 1994
"India had a major impact on my artistic development, as years later many of the Indian elements, including embroidery, mirrors, buttons, beads, and tie dying were incorporated into my paintings." - Artist Statement, "The Sky is the Limit", 2001

Public Art

"The "Painted Bridge is my gift to the people of Singapore! My hope is that when people look at the fifty-five colors and playful circle designs adorning the bridge, they will smile and enjoy experiencing art as part of their daily life." - Artist Statement, "Pacita's Painted Bridge", 2004
"I was so happy when we finally got the permission to paint the bridge since I love public art. To me, art should be incorporated into our everyday lives, not just hung on a wall of a museum. Nothing is more public than a bridge that thousands of people pass by every day."
"For me it is very rewarding to see the happy smiles on the children's faces as they cross over the Painted Bridge." - Artist Statement, "Pacita's Painted Bridge", 2004
"I think Singapore needs a colorful piece like this. The community should be able to enjoy art and this bridge is an opportunity to reach out to the community. "

Social Responsibility

"I always think that my work is original. My work deals with social issues, and it is global." - Interview with Ian Findlay-Brown, Asian Art News, 1994
"I have always believed that an artist has a social responsibility to give something back to the community."

Women

"Does Abad like the label "woman artist? I'm proud of it, she exclaims." - Kristina Subido
"One particular scene is etched in my mind, which happened when I went to a local weekly market outside of Mount Hagen in the Central Highlands. I was the only foreigner there and was a bit nervous surrounded by all the local tribesmen. Just then, out of the corner of my eye I saw a woman being beaten. Shockingly, no one even paid any attention to either the beating, or the woman, and when I started over towards her she caught my eye and gave me a quick, sad look, before three men jumped in front and motioned for me to go away. As I left, I could still hear her sobbing. I will never forget it and as soon as I could, I started working on this painting I called( "Weeping woman")." - Lecture in Singapore, March, 2002
"Violence against women is a despicable, but unfortunately a common practice around the world. In many countries, the authorities turn a blind eye, or even worse, actively participate in this process. This has happened in Indonesia, when I was living in Jakarta during the fall of Suharto in 1998, as local "preman" or thugs, sought out Indonesian Chinese girls to systematically rape them. But it also happens in places like Darfur Sudan, Eastern Congo, Bosnia, Afghanistan and far too many other places that I have been." Violence against women is a despicable, but unfortunately a common practice around the world. In many countries, the authorities turn a blind eye, or even worse, actively participate in this process. This has happened in Indonesia, when I was living in Jakarta during the fall of Suharto in 1998, as local "preman" or thugs, sought out Indonesian Chinese girls to systematically rape them. But it also happens in places like Darfur Sudan, Eastern Congo, Bosnia, Afghanistan and far too many other places that I have been." - Lecture in Singapore, March, 2002

Children

"I enjoy working with kids the most. They are experimental with materials and use whatever is available.They are the most inquisitive and the least inhibited. They get me back to the basics." - At National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1995

Immigration

"Like others before me, when I landed in San Francisco, I lived with a distant relative and had very little money. I took the first job that was available and became a seamstress, and at the same time worked as a part time typist. During this time I met many other immigrants who were facing similar circumstances." - Interview with Angela A. Adams, 'Artist and Community', 1994
"When I was living abroad, I couldn't help but notice that immigration is an issue all over the world. What is most noticeable is that, when you go to the American Embassy in any country, there is always a long line to get a visa - everyone wants to go to the United States!" - Interview with Angela A. Adams, 'Artist and Community', 1994
"Many Americans question whether immigration should continue, and whether it is possible to balance order,community and unity within the rapidly changing ethnic landscape. It was because of these issues thatI decided to do something to give people a better understanding of the immigration experience." - Interview with Angela A. Adams, 'Artist and Community', 1994
"Given the difficult experiences of many women across countries in the developing world, is it any surprise that so many want to come to live in America and Europe, and are willing to take big risks, make many sacrifices and jump at any jobs available, in order that their children may have a chance for a better life. " - Lecture in Singapore, March, 2002

Family

"My mother told us that traveling is the best eduction. She built up her knowledge of Philippine law by reading law books to my father, who had no time to study because he was busy working."
"Although my mother never finished the 8th grade, because of her worldly wisdom she always stressed to me that, not only must I get a university education, but I must also learn how to cook, sew and type, so that I would always be able to get a job and support myself. Little did I know then, how handy that advice would be for me in the future" - Lecture in Singapore, March, 2002

Cancer

"I don't think of my illness. There is so much to do. I just want to paint, paint, paint."
"Alone with my paints and brushes, music day and night, is when I feel most relaxed - this is my therapy. I do not want to do anything but paint - this is my obsession! " - Artist Statement, "Obsession", 2004
"During my treatments I was given a travel ban by my doctor, and it felt like house arrest."
"Right after my chemotherapy sessions I worked on my batik on canvas collage,"Blue", while listening to Joni Mitchell. It brought me peace of mind."
"It is quite a challenge to tell people that the blues doesn't necessarily have to be sad, but on a personal level, 'Endless Blues' has a lot to do with my having lung cancer."