"Crown of Creation", brass repousse', 3.75" diameter, 2018.
Part of the juried exhibit "Difference and Deference",
presented at SOAS, University of London (July 2018).
Jandy A. Carvajal acknowledges diversity in art practice and appreciation. Amidst this variety, he recognizes the place of decoration in artmaking. His predilection for decorative art is influenced by his Catholic background. Catholicism’s visual aids to piety, sacramentals, appealed to him early in his youth. Some examples of such artifacts are prayer cards (estampitas) and the embossed metal (repoussé) accessories of saint statues. While many might dismiss decoration as frivolous, he believes that decorative components are not necessarily superficial; they can express profound concepts, such as aspiration, devotion, or even penance, especially given the manual repetition of motifs.
Alongside his investigation of decorative art, Jandy has been exploring installation and revisiting figure drawing and painting.
Awarded with a Fulbright scholarship, Jandy earned his Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art degree from Montclair State University, New Jersey in May 2016. He is currently an assistant professor of Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines Baguio.