Though creative exploration and discovery has been an unending journey for E Bee Bantug since childhood, her practice of art making grew quite intensely since relocating to Southern Oregon from Austin and New York City in 2012, becoming a veritable daily meditation.
Technically and conceptually, her intention is to create evocative imagery using her camera as brush and the objects and world around her as palette, aiming to bridge and blur the edges between photography and painting. And then, pointedly never manipulating her images after the moment of creation. Aesthetically, she likes abstracting the real and manifesting ideas that intimate at the dynamics between expressionism and impressionism to deliver a distinctly different perspective. Philosophically, her interest is to share a new experience of this world: that there is more than meets the eye; that surface realities may not be not all there is. And often, imageries E Bee creates hint at a certain multidimensional presence; a communion with the abundantly rich meta-reality and vital essence rarely accessible, vaguely perceptible, yet that which at each, and every moment infinitely surround our busy lives.
Completely self-taught, her work has been jury-selected at international art competitions, exhibitions and auctions the past 5 years since she began sharing her artwork publicly. She presented her first European exhibition in July 2017 in Lisbon and in January this year, E Bee Bantug was featured as a Selected Artist at Artrooms Fair 2018 London, the only Asian-American artists among 70 international others. Currently, her new series ‘As the bee flies’, a meditation on the stunning gifts of April showers in her garden, was the May feature at Art Du Jour Gallery in Southern Oregon. Not quite enigmatically titled, this body of work celebrates the beauty and boundless bounty of Mother Earth. And, in seemingly synchronistic timing, through this work Bee pays homage to her beloved mother and all mothers.
This coming July, Zari Gallery London presents E Bee’s unusual and singularly different vision of wild living waters; in this series, specifically of the American Pacific Northwest. Her love of hiking and the outdoors bring endless opportunities to explore Oregon, a coastal U.S. state in the Pacific Northwest known for its diverse forests and mountains teeming with rivers and long stretches of beaches. Here in its many wilderness environs, E Bee’s peculiar abstract perspective shines illuminating light on never-before-seen facets of living water. Through her eyes, water takes on unexpected multidimensionality and never been more brilliant; never just plain water. Looking at the Oregon map, many more depths and dimensions await exploration.