Mayumi by Lila Marquez


"Mayumi", a name that is relatively used in Japan and the Philippines, is the first entry to my second farmed animal series addressing animal personhood. The series will comprise mainly of minimalist portraits of animals that have been bred to be exploited by the animal agribusiness. The artworks are mostly portraits and caricatures which exclude any representations of captivity. 

Apart from validating their identity, the names assigned to each animal, even though open for interpretation based on their own merits and cultural references, will primarily reflect the animal's personality. Mayumi, in this instance, can mean gentle and demure, as in the Tagalog definition.

In this series, the animals will be seen as people, not as commodities, and that we are here to respect their individual autonomy.  

Lila Marquez

Lila Marquez is a Filipino writer and artist. Also known as Armineonila M., she has written for various newspapers, magazines and journals. Her articles, poems, short stories, digital paintings and comic strips have also been published in several publications in the Philippines, Kuwait and abroad. Lila's artworks and art series have been displayed in art exhibitions in the USA, the UK, China and Germany.

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