Fernan Odang - "Land of Syria" - charcoal on paper - 55 x 71cm (21.7"x28")
Land of Syria
Charcoal on paper
55 x 71cm (21.7"x28")
Fernan Saludo Odang jr. explores the idea of internal damage by depicting oppressive and corrupt systems that prey on the poor and underprivileged in a his charcoal works on paper. Odang delves into issues such as sexual abuse, drug addiction, and political manipulation. He interprets the nature of abusers by correlating them with animals, using the image of pigs, for instance, as a stand-in for greed, or dogs as a proxy for sexual predators. In effect, his farcical subjects functioned as caricatures used to illustrate harsh realities.
The subjects of Odang’s work hint at the many injustices that exist in our society today and portray them in surreal and absurd images, as a way to scrutinize the root causes of these problems. The artist places these subjects in bleak scenarios based on his own personal observations, in the hope that it will serve as a wake-up call for people.
Odang is a self-taught artist based in Manila who graduated from Dr. Filemon C. Aguilar Information Technology Training Institute (DFCAITTI) in Las Piñas City with a degree in Information Technology, majoring in visual graphic design.