Ayka Go’s (b. 1993, Philippines) works evoke personal memories from quotidian moments, including nostalgic reveries from childhood and existential musings. Often starting out from three-dimensional paper foldings, she explores the semiotic potential of paper through paintings on canvas. This peculiar process reveals a fluidity concerned with playful translations between two media.
In her works, the sensuous surface of a modest object, such as paper, is highlighted – its creases, folds, billows, and tears. Colorful paper wraps around large forms, creating idiosyncratic shapes or revealing underlying surfaces. At times, it takes on the vastness of a landscape, and in others, the intimacy of diaristic entries. Of late, she has also introduced elements of chance into her process, utilising Dadaist strategies as prompts for visual paper collages that are later translated to paintings. Go has also worked across the medium of video and watercolour on paper, providing warm glimpses of private impressions culled from daily life.
Go has exhibited across the Philippines, France, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China and Thailand. She holds a BFA in Studio Arts from University of the Philippines Diliman, and is currently based in Manila, Philippines.