" Icarus "
Oil on Canvas
This piece exhibits the physical manifestation of the lengths at which we push our bodies to try to achieve godly ideals. The figure distorts in an attempt to fit in the circle. He stares at a bird, a Yellow Belly Fly Eater tethered to him by an imaginary string, whose call is often heard but is allusive to the eyes.
"Tato Yap is a former Civil Engineering student turned Fine Arts student. After his mother's stage 4 cancer diagnosis, he was pushed towards a new career path. He has been selling commissioned portraits for 14 years now and aspires to break free from that mold. He is currently venturing away from replicating the outside form of the world to capturing the essence of the objects he paints. The figures he creates are rendered distorted due to the micro-expressions of his subjects turned macro — the same way his sensitivity to the needs of his sick mother magnified each of her expressions. Their parts bloat - fighting for air - in a space increasingly shrinking."