Joseph Gabriel is a visual artist from the Philippines. He obtained a BFA in Painting from the University of the Philippines, graduating in 2013, having studied ceramics as an exchange scholar at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 2011 to 2012. Gabriel’s exhibition and residency history stretches across Europe, America and Asia.
Exploring notions of residual and material accumulation, much of my concerns have been influenced by moving into an environment where I associate seasonal transition with sentimentality. Looking at detritus and ephemeral matters found in nature, I approach my work as an attempt to reify, memorialise and enliven what would otherwise be considered as trivial remains. Working with clay as a substrate for markings and immediate gestural traces, I investigate how this visual language articulates the tension between what was left behind and a sense of renewal—taking reference from dereliction and fragmented pieces, trying to find a coherent whole.