Browsing through the artwork of Tyang Karyel evokes the childhood pleasure in small things. A single candy, a plastic toy, an old movie. As we grow older it’s a little harder to find joy in these things, but the Cavite artist puts a low brow art spin on things, refreshing their aura. Her pieces are art objects for the everyday fan, often made in cutout shapes or packaged in satchels. “I’m fascinated by cheap, local brands with weird designs and wobbly lines. I especially like product labels and ephemeral stuff,” she tells us. “Everything looks clean, crisp, and shiny these days. It’s too perfect so we forget about the simple stuff.”
Karyel has been interested in art all her life and comes from a family of creatives. “My parents are into dance and music and my grandmother was a photographer. My grandfather was even a professional potter.” But it wasn’t until a few years ago that she became dedicated. “I used to just make art for relaxation, but in 2014 when I discovered my own style I got serious.”
One day soon Karyel plans to open her own art sari sari, but for now, you can peep her work at Mashroom Gallery in a two-man show alongside Quatro Hapimeel, which opens on Sept. 26.