Irish Carpo was born in the Philippines in 1994 and moved to the United States in 2010. She got her Associate of Fine Arts at Montgomery College in 2018. She is currently working on getting her Bachelor of Fine Arts as a Painting major with a minor in Art History and concentration in Curatorial Studies at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Carpo’s work explores the themes of memories, childhood, and home as an artist living outside of her ancestral land. She draws inspiration from Filipino traditions and superstitions and from the tropical colors and imagery of the Philippines. Carpo uses various mediums and materials in her work. Her work was part of the NextGen 6.0 show at VisArts Rockville in 2019.
My work is an exploration of my past and my present. It’s an attempt to memorialize, reconnect, and recapture the memories of my childhood through paintings, time, and mixed media art. It explores nostalgic subjects to invoke the feeling of home and all the in-betweens. These memories are transported back to the present through a mix of personal symbolisms and Filipino traditions. Specific memories of fun and childhood imaginations are depicted in each work.
I spent my childhood largely outdoors, so the flora of the Philippines are heavily present in my work as they have become a symbol of home. Their colors and presence in my composition emphasize the tropical climate of the country and create sense of comfort. Traditional Filipino games like balay-balay and teks represent the simpler fun times that I seek to reconnect and reassess.