JEL SUAREZ (b. 1990) is a self-taught artist born and based in Manila. Her practice is anchored on collage as an act of excavation, beginning with a hunt for materials ripe with narrative (books, catalogues, and archives). She gathers fragments of their histories as a form of creative inquiry. In mining these collections and cutting parts of wholes, she considers chipping away time and releasing artefacts from older lives.
Images occupy new topographies. Compositions are densely populated by slices of color and texture—forms hinting at histories yet decidedly hovering outside time. Their contours similarly evoke nature’s harder relics such as stones and marbles baring their jagged edge. Suarez approaches collage as a way of reading, reinterpreting and responding to a visual phenomenon by restating images as open codes and new texts in the process of becoming.