My name is Patricia Zyrinn and I recently graduated from the Alberta College of Art + Design under the Jewellery program. I create a lot of wearable art which is more sculptural. I incorporate wire and transform a piece of jewellery into a whole body piece.
Growing up in the Middle East and now as an international student in Canada, I was not exposed to Filipino culture and traditions. Though some customs were taught in my family, I was not able to experience them as an inhabitant of my country of birth. The search for my own identity as an individual and as a Filipina has led me to explore the theme of cultural heritage. Through my research, I have made a connection to other world cultures. My search for meaning through art has embarked me on a never-ending journey to discover who I am in this diverse world.
One of my major inspirations is reading literature and this is a significant phase in my creative process. So often I find in reading a story, it transforms itself into a wearable manifestation. I constantly find myself incorporating Filipino narratives into every piece I make. These objects visually represent the research I have been conducting to understand more about my heritage. Furthermore my work compares and contrasts how the evolutionary development of Filipino history is parallel with the independent personal growth of an individual. This association is articulated in my wearable art.
Growing up in an Arabic country, I have always been fascinated with visual quality of henna on the female figure. I have found similarities between the line work of henna and the embroidery on our national costumes in the Philippines. In my practice, I incorporate lines which I feel echo the graphic quality of henna and embroidery. As my work has matured, I find myself expanding beyond the bounds of the body as it is used in jewellery, and into the world of wearable sculpture.