Ilocos Norte

Joshua M. Agdigos

Ilocos Norte-based resin artist, Joshua Miguel Agdigos, is known for his unconventional artworks that resemble multiplicity of patterns and movements.

From curiosity towards mastery, his play with several layers of colors and combination of various materials bring out the beauty and vibrance of his artworks. Resin, as his medium, allowed him to expand the subject of his creations that fostered his exploration of other complex forms and techniques.

Joshua’s creativity started at a young age, making artworks from the limited materials around him. He then pursued a Bachelor’s degree in architecture which contributed to the foundation for his artistic journey. His career as a resin artist began in 2020, during the pandemic. Joshua’s ingenious processes led him to create art pieces not typically seen in resin artworks with his integration of materials other than canvas.

To date, Joshua is the artist and the owner of Likhang Hilaga Studio. He is also chosen as one of the top thirty participants of Obra Maestra – the first reality art show in the Philippines.

Title: Kintog
Size: 35 x 45 cm
Year: 2021
Medium: Tinted resin on canvas
Artist price: 10,000

The Ifugao has a very unique set of traditions that has survived hundreds of years -a cultural tradition centered mostly on their daily lives, family values, religious beliefs and indigenous culture. One unique tradition is their use of blankets “Uloh” -that incorporates ones’ social status determined by the color used. Red, yellow, black , geometrical patterns and symbols are the usual recurring characteristics of blankets possessing nobility while blankets dominated by whites define the lower classes.

In this white and black piece, I am presenting the “Kintog”- blanket for the common or lower class. It’s a 35 X 45 cm tinted resin on a canvas. Choosing this “uloh” representation of the Kintog class is a timely condition that depicts the current times even though this blanket tradition has existed a hundreds years ago .

We live in a current setting where only those in power are being celebrated, having the platform to be seen at all aspects. I think choosing Kintog among various Uloh blankets as my primary subject would at least highlight the value of those considered in the lower classes, a tribute to an aging tradition and a representation of an underappreciated and unacknowledged social class that composed the rich history of the Ifugao culture. We are so used to see the common red, yellow, and black representations of the Ifugao nobility and now it’s high time to see the white and black , Kintog blankets hanging among gallery walls . If we look deeper it doesn’t only revolves around the Ifugao in a literal sense of symbolism and representations .

Our present time is mirrored by the ancient traditions. So much Kintogs in the modern times. So much division and classification of privileges, or power and stand in the society. It’s time to appreciate and value the Kintogs of today as a reflection of the Ifugao Kintogs . It’s not only red and yellow, or black. There exists a significant white.