A Portrait Of A Family Playing Cards
This painting depicts the start of a three-person Filipino card game called Tong-Its. Individual attention and gazes differ around the table as the dealer contemplates which card to discard. Although not a direct inspiration for the artist, Edgar Degas’ work Bellelli Family provided a masterful example of the psychology of the individual within a group when approaching this composition.
MJ Torrecampo’s paintings explore themes of family, the mundane and the individual’s relationship to the group. The artist's work questions the close social relationships we maintain and their complications—especially their simultaneous aspects of unity and division. Torrecampo's compositions begin as memories selected by the artist, then reconstructed with details that suggest an underlying tension and uncertainty, as well as a dual sense of belonging and not belonging. Torrecampo's work depicts what are commonly considered dull moments, in an effort to discover what they can tell say about our relationships with others and the space. As she spends more years in the States than her birth country of the Philippines, the artist's work deepens its investigation of the push and pull of being raised in one culture and then growing and living in another.
MJ Torrecampo’s paintings explore our need for close social relationships through themes of family and the individual’s relationship to the group. The artist’s compositions are memories of seemingly mundane moments reconstructed with details that suggest an underlying tension and uncertainty. Born in the Philippines and living now in the United States, Torrecampo’s work investigates the push and pull of being raised in one culture and growing into another.