Hello, my friend.
@kwentobynica started as an instagram page where I tell stories about my day and thoughts to friends. It was and still is simply that. My day and thoughts are consumed by a few central themes which I manifest through either a simple drawing, writing, photograph, or most recently, food.
On instagram I was asked to share what inspires @kwentobynica. If you want to know for yourself, continue reading.
The themes that compose my inner world is not a mystery. I will list them down for you.
First: My Home.
Home is a big word. For me it refers to a multitude of things which includes a literal house and the things that go inside of it. If you scroll through my drawings you will discover that I frequently draw houses; it's a common motif for me. Home (of course) also refers to a feeling. A feeling of sadness, displacement, joy, abundance, love, and abandonment. If you follow me on instagram stories, you know that simple things like plates, jars, books and other objects are constant fixtures that inspire me. My home is a mini museum of my inner world. Every object has a lengthy story to it. Even the trash bin.
Second: My Country.
My country is also my home and like it, it inspires me. If I could personify the Philippines she to me is an older sister that gives and gives even if she has nothing left to provide. A sister that was once praised and loved but now in rags living on a dirty street to survive on her own. When I look into her eyes I see many people. I see faces who are waiting to be redeemed and rescued. I am a child of my country and through @kwentobynica I hope to paint a beautiful portrait of her so she can remember her real self. Beautiful, worthy, lush and most importantly – revolutionary.
Third: The People I Love.
In the opening of Vol. 6 Deep deep love I wrote, “the people I love most are the ones who have hurt me the most. That’s how I know I love them unconditionally.” Sometimes I think I’m not alone in that thought. The people I love inspire me because I am the sum of their love and lack of it. Somewhere on a separate piece of paper I have rewritten that statement. Its rewriting is so much better. One day you will read it. For now it's resting quietly on a manuscript I am nursing.
One thing I learned about my creative process is that @kwentobynica is not limited to one feeling. My stories are home to a wave of emotions, thoughts, and landscapes that are meant to make your inner world become brighter and fuller too.
Now you know what inspires Kwento by Nica ;)
Can you tell me what inspires you?