Edwin Macaraeg Disambiguation 1




Edwin Macaraeg’s powerful imagery explores the Asian-American history in a series of large format oil paintings. By definition disambiguation is a teaching technique that combines factual with stimulating explanatory information. In these works Macaraeg has manipulated images of key moments from the heritage of the Asian-American experience from the perspective of a contemporary Asian-American. His experience as an Asian-American has led him to investigations of how and why misconceptions and other social patterns can be traced to particular historical events. By conducting personal interviews of families directly affected and involved, finding articles written from multiple sources and researching U.S. history books, he discovered that the aftermath of such calamities creates anxiety amidst the emigrants that have endured the harshness of cultural identity and politics. An example of this can be seen in his painting “The War in Vietnam: High Price for Freedom”. His empathy is expressed where his composition may appear slightly translucent or intangible. Appearing at times as a mere dream or flashback imagery, the events themselves are as highly misunderstood as the reasons for war itself.

A portion of the proceeds from this exhibition will be donated to the Philippine Red Cross, to aid in relief efforts for the victims of typhoon Haiyan.


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