One night in August of 2019, artists Kaloy Sanchez, Lec Cruz, and Winner Jumalon met at a café for a round of drinks. It was a usual weeknight in a busy commercial district packed with food strips and bars. The loud company of strangers served as a backdrop to their conversations that ended up with a plan to come up with a painting show featuring large works from each artist. The night ended and then there was silence.
A month went by and the exhibition was set that included Sanchez, Jumalon, Cruz, and Jason Montinola. Mute Earth became its working title, a placeholder until a more fitting one comes to mind. The two words bear no innate meaning other than being triggered by a line in a poem by William Wordsworth:
Three Years She Grew
“… And hers shall be the breathing balm,
And hers the silence and the calm
Of mute insensate things.”
Wordsworth’s work talks about losing a loved one and its return to nature; of some hopeful narrative amidst a tragic loss. Then 2020 happened, the pandemic came and turned everything in flux; the world was in turmoil and it was silent.
In 2021, Mute Earth presents a collection of works with narratives that evolved over time. Cruz, Jumalon, Montinola, and Sanchez yearn to break the silence that encloses—even for a brief moment.