© Eileen R. Tabios
Eileen Tabios’ poem “Lucifer, Mistranslated” was inspired by a drawing by Santiago Bose of sword-wielding angels. Both the poem and image will be part of "Confessions of a Talisman", an exhibition of Santiago Bose drawings and inspired literature are in the Yuchengco Museum, which opened on Feb.1, 2010.
Before Santiago Bose died, he created 60 drawings of "anting-anting," printed them on hand-made paper and bound them into a book with a 3D, fiberglass cover. Bose used these "anting-anting"—amulets or talismans that Filipinos used to ward off evil and improve their lives—as a reference point for a lot of his work, and incorporated many of them in his paintings. Bose's described himself as a "born again pagan." Artist Pat Hoffie said his search for the "anting-anting's" history and processes showed his commitment "to the resurrection of the past as a way of showing how and where Filipino culture had survived intact."
This reinterpretation of Bose's drawings in literary form will be displayed in a section of the exhibit, with the complete text or excerpts. The work will also be published in an anthology subsequent to the exhibit. In this way Bose's work not only bridges artists of various mediums, but different art forms and cultures as well.