De Los Reyes,  2018

De Los Reyes, 2018



As the youngest in a family of Filipino immigrants, I collected comics and magazines as a way for me to connect with my new home in Canada. When I started to do self-portraits entirely out of hand-cut collage, my perspective became clear: there was a sentimentality I had attached to these materials that had excluded me, and a new desire to reframe it on my terms.

My work is my younger self at play— mischievously assembling my own narratives and representing myself in ways I never saw growing up. I take the most interesting pieces of a world that disappointed me and construct my own. The resulting pop-surrealist environment is a place where perspectives, spaces and emotions shift. It is a world where beauty is omnipresent, but something still isn’t quite right.