Visual artist from Bukidnon brings the art of soil painting to Vancouver

VANCOUVER — Soliman Poonon, a member of the Talaandig indigenous group in Bukidnon, Northern Mindanao, has been using earth-based medium in his art since 2003.

“Yung soil painting is galing sa bukidnon sa talaandig community… actually yung gamit natin is natural color of soil tapos ginagamitan natin ng glue. Yung purpose ng glue is sya yung mag-binder sa soil na lupa na hindi matanggal dun sa kuwan.”

The Talaandig people are one of the seven tribes in Bukidnon.

Poonon’s art, he says, is inspired by his culture and community.

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