Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Crumpled piece of paper (a remembrance of the UP Diliman College of Fine Arts talent test)

Summer of 1993, and one of the tests* required for admission to the UP Diliman College of Fine Arts, BFA Painting was to sketch the sight of your hand holding a 

Crumpled piece of paper

Your edges are jagged but not sharp
enough to puncture nor slice
open anyone's skin.

You are too light to cause a bruise;
a projectile thrown just to annoy
and catch attention.

You soar to reach out to someone,
but she wouldn't break your fall
nor budge from your nudge.

You are an insignificant
lightweight piece
of trash.

*I wonder if they use the same set now (not necessarily in order): 1) the crumpled piece of paper; 2) geometric shapes from which you'll make a composition; 3) nine or 12 separate boxes on a sheet of paper, into each you'll draw "realistic" images that "are not what they seem to be at first glance" (familiar with the tricky top view of the man wearing a Mexican hat, taking a leak?); 4) a sketch of "David," Michelangelo's iconic sculpture (if I remember right); and 5) a visual interpretation of a weird description. For the last one, I remember mine as "Naglalakad ng pabaliktad ang kapre patungo sa altar." ("The kapre is walking upside down towards the altar." The kapre is a Philippine mythical creature -- though my late maternal grandmother swore that she actually saw one -- who is too kind that he is barred from entering MalacaƱang Palace and Hacienda Luisita.)

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