‘Moth Mother’ by Kring Demetrio
Artist: Kring Demetrio
Title: ‘Moth Mother’
Medium: Pencil, Charcoal and Soft Pastel on Paper
Dimensions: 10″ x 8″
Framing: Framed (Frame Size: 16.2″ x 13.2″)
Year of Creation: 2020
About the Artwork:
“The moth mother is a shepherd of ghosts and wandering spirits. She looks weary, thin and worn out. Her eyes completely eaten out by her children but she is far from blind. She carries a candle to guide her little fluttering spirits. She works in the dark, always hidden under shadow, never seen by human eyes. She walks and keeps on walking, guiding her children home. I was always told the moths were visiting spirits. And that they’ve taken the form of a moth to be near their loved ones. So whenever death comes to a friend or family member, it had become a great comfort for me to see a moth nearby. Though it’s a very common superstition, it’s probably the only one I would still like to believe.” – Kring Demetrio
About the Artist:
KRING is an illustrator based in Cebu, Philippines. She enjoys reading on metaphysics, shooting with arrows, drawing with old pencils, and occasionally using obsolete versions of Photoshop. She describes her drawing style as mugna-mugna, a Bisaya word which loosely translates ‘to invent instinctively and playfully’. She has adapted this style as a direct result of her self-taught techniques with the pencil in her attempts to imitate line strokes from old masters’ sketches that she found in old library books. It has also further evolved with several more contemporary references and influences.
Inspired by historical ruins, weird museums, strange flora and fauna, death and decay, old cabinets and odd trinkets, she creates images inclined to fantasy illustrations; swinging between mythical characters and personal monsters.
She lives with her partner and their three cats.