I explore ideas at the intersection of earth, history, embodiment, mysticism, ancestry and spirituality. My upbringing in Alaska, has informed a deep connected to my home and the earth. Throughout my life, I’ve sought wisdom held in natural elements such as ice and rock. From a Filipina/White American heritage, my work seeks to liberate, re-member history and facilitate growth through navigating and examining decolonization, resilience and the complexities of a mixed-race experience.
Solo and group exhibits, murals
BFA in visual art with a emphasis in painting & drawing
Artist | Concept through installation
Mural “Born Again Babaylan”
As history continues to be rewritten, science deepens age-old mysteries and violence and oppression persist in our society—the idea of “American progress” reveals its elusive nature as an ever-moving target trapped in linear time. In this piece, Badilla combines symbols of past, present and future—making the linear construct of time obsolete. Melting out of the glacial ice is the spirit of a Babaylan, a matriarchal leader, spirit guide and warrior prevalent in pre-colonial Philippines. The Babaylan embodies both technology and nature, offering knowledge and guidance not through elitism and brute force but through spirituality, mysticism and ancestral strength. A young girl is shown edified by her lineage and empowered to fight the battles of her time. The values inherited from the Babaylan hold no consequential utility or materiality, and often carry no weight by American standards. Yet, it’s this same reason they have the power to transcend the linear and shed light on the nature of our present circumstances.
BORN AGAIN BABAYLAN
"Ablation" Solo Exhibition
Artist | Video/sound, drawing/painting & installation
“Daunted by the immensity of my geological elders and intrigued by the strangeness of it all, I sought to uncover the humanity within them. As I observed the way glaciers have ablated, the way mountainsides have eroded into sand, I saw one of the purest forms of the human experience—loss.”— Badilla | Artist Statement
Through my experiences growing up in Alaska near an icefield and subsequently guiding people through these magnificent geological wonders, I began to see how loss surrounds us. The meeting of the edge of a mountain and the beginning of a glacier is pure chaos, but the process brings life and needed minerals to the ocean. It’s violent—suggesting the true nature of growth is rooted in the conflict of opposing forces. It is the ablation of our existence that is the substance of our purpose.