May 14, 2020
Small by Small: An Exhibition on Quarantine and Resilience


One of the things my mother used to tell us when we were growing up was "Small by small. Slow by slow." 


What she meant was that in the face of any disaster, loss, tragedy, or challenge that might confront us, we can keep moving forward. "Small by small. Slow by slow," she would say. That was her way of reassuring us that things will pass and get better. 

Recently, I recalled this mantra, and had the idea to organize an online show to celebrate resilience as the quarantine lifts and opens into an uncertain future. So I reached out to artists, and invited them to submit at least one artwork. Given the short notice, I told them that it could be any artwork of any size.

These are their responses.

We surely have a long and difficult journey ahead. Here's to taking our first steps forward on a positive, artistic note.

-- Gigo Alampay, Founder and Executive Director of CANVAS



The Center for Art, New Ventures & Sustainable Development (CANVAS) is a non profit organization that works with the creative community to promote children's literacy, explore national identity, and broaden public awareness for Philippine art, culture, and environment.

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