Arabel Lebrusan, also known as Rosillo de Blas, is a visual artist whose sculpture, jewellery and site-specific interventions function as social commentary. Focusing her lens on material culture and the ‘feminine’ tactile environment, she investigates wider issues of power relationships, exploitation and inequality.
Lebrusan’s works use material culture, traditional maternal archetypes and heritage of place as a springboard to investigate universal problems on a much broader scale. She is particularly interested in the psycho-social and physical experiences of the home and the objects contained therein. She often exploits the accepted, inherited meanings of ‘domestic’ objects like soap, hair, knives, jewellery and crockery. She employs craft techniques, patterning and processes that transform materials, mine collective memories and establish new narratives that engage her audience and open up conversations.
Some of her site-specific, large-scale installations are created via collaborative process, rooted in socially-engaged practice. The places and people involved in each project become the very context; the exchange of knowledge and skills intrinsic to the work.
Her extensive background in jewellery design, sustainable manufacturing and craftsmanship has been the springboard to explore associations between extraction of natural resources (like diamond- and gold-mining) and broader, related issues of power, colonialism and ecological grief which she is currently researching.
“El Rosario de la Abuela”. Performance/Exhibition. Collaboration with Olga Parra Benavides. 2004. Lunâ Art Collective Gallery.
Cebu city. The Philippines.