3’ x 3’
oil on canvas
The Bulul (or Bul-ul) is an Ifugao carved figure usually made out of wood. They considered it their “rice guardians” and land owners and farmers would own multiple sculptures to guard their rice crops. In the Tunod ritual of the Ifugaos, pig’s blood would be poured over these Bulul sculptures in order to awaken the spirit within. This painting honors this Philippine tradition, and depicts it in a new light. Bul-ul, as well as the others in the series, is still up for viewing at the METRO Gallery, San Juan until June 30.