Scattered Clouds, Disappearing Mist

“Scattered Clouds and Disappearing Mist” is taken from the Japanese phrase “Unsan Musho”: everything happens once, then disappears without a trace. The old saying calls one to accept the passing of moments, wherein every singular, fleeting encounter is unique and true.

Artist Jem Magbanua's latest exhibition—a collection of drawings in graphite completed from the year 2016 to the present—surveys drawing as an exercise of the immediate and the intimate, where surface serves as witness to every quiet, delicate mark, loving trace or deliberate erasure ever fulfilled by hand. Drawing is being and becoming, and like the profound adage Unsan Musho, there is existence in absence, and in surrendering in the ephemerality of all things we fulfill our being.