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The Undying Love of Sampaguita I

Chloe Caday

Oil on linen
85cm H x 75cm W
One-of-a-kind original
Framed in Tasmanian oak

Chloe Caday’s, The Undying Love of Sampaguita I, is the first painting of trypic – Sampaguita, in her latest series, Diwata’s Song. The work integrates the narratives of Sampaguita – the story of a fate-forbidden love, and the daughters of Bathala (the creator in Tagalog mythology); Mayari (goddess of the moon), Tala (goddess of the stars) and Hanan (goddess of the morning). Set in a secluded moonlit lagoon, The undying love of Sampaguita I depicts the two lovers, Sampa and Guita bathing under the guidance of Mayari. In Tagalog folklore, the people worshipped a lunar goddess, Mayari, who guarded the world during the nighttime. During the new moon, it is said that people would hold great rejoices and pray for their desires as it was believed that Mayari could give them to them abundantly. Alluding to the story of deep desire, the painting portrays the story of the two lovers who were forced to run away deep into the forest to pursue their love for each other, despite this being forbidden by Guita’s father. 

Tracing back to pre-colonial Philippines, Chloe Caday retells stories of her motherland through Diwata’s Song, honouring her culture that is deeply rooted in folklore and mythology. Within this exhibition, Caday focuses particularly on the diwatas—spiritual beings that guard and nurture forests, caves, land or bodies of water. As a result, the paintings are a culmination of stories about these goddesses of the moon, stars, waters and sunrise, stories of forbidden loves, midnight mystique and the peculiar allure of flowers in bloom.


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