Written by: Shaun Mallonga, artist featured in “The Narrative Dish II” in SCC Gallery
Beauty is a beast hiding in the grout and grime of a tiled bathroom wall. Feeding on accumulative plaque, nail filings, gargled water and fresh dandruff, Beauty predates us with sharp teeth ready to strike at an unsuspecting throat.
I work with filth to summon beauty in the alchemical intersection of the sacred and the profane. I peek into the fantastic cavity where beauty wafts off the skin of queer marginal bodies. In this cavern, I behold a cast of diverse, awkward characters voguing in aesthetic leftovers scrounged from early Medieval art, Filipino folklore, and Gothic architecture. I illustrate and sculpt these characters to narrate and affirm my own experiences with transition, adaptation, and speculation as a queer first-generation Canadian.