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ART

EXPERIENCE

EDUCATION

EDUCATION

EDUCATION

I explore ideas at the intersection of earth, history, embodiment, mysticism, ancestry and spirituality. My upbringing in Alaska, has informed a deep connection 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/Angle-Scots 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, NFTs

BFA in visual art with an emphasis in painting & drawing

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PLEASE NOTE: This piece has not yet been released to the public and should not be shared. To view, please request access through contact form. Thank you! - Bekah

MYTH OF PROGRESS 

"Myth of Progress" 

Artist | Concept through Installation

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MURAL

In collaboration with the High Desert Equality and Justice Mural Festival, "Myth of Progress" piece continues the dialogue regarding the Eurocentric value of "progress" that I began to explore with the mural, “Born Again Babaylan.”

In this piece I wanted to move away from the problematic linear paradigm of “progress” and lean more into the values of my ancestors: cyclicality, reflection, preservation, restoration, healing, surviving, thriving, re-membering, revealing etc. Especially when it comes to justice—which is concerned with acknowledging and reconciling atrocities of the present and past and removing the systems in place to literally preserve the lives of Black and Brown people. Justice, liberation, equality, equity etc. are not nice "values" we all need to create a utopian future, they are a means to an end for BIPOC. They are necessary for our survival and our thriving. What was on my mind the most with this piece, is that justice begins with healing. Re-membering the histories of our families (the good and the bad), especially how patriarchy, white supremacy and capitalism have manifested throughout history and have deeply wounded us and mother earth. We have to reconcile these on a deeper more multi-faceted level—with our families, our ancestors, our communities, our bodies, minds, spirits, and the land.

Action is a given, how do we further embody justice and transform?

The vertical stacking of submerged womxn in ice and water, challenges the viewer to tilt their head and literally change their physical perception. Often the assumptions of what is good or beneficial to Black Indigenous and People of Color, such as assumptions as to what is just, equal and helpful to these communities is based on the view of the colonizer, even down to the very perception of time and history. We have to challenge these assumptions in society as a whole through listening to communities of color, re-membering his{her}story, and learning from the wisdom therein. 

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WORK

Artist | Concept through installation

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Mural “Born Again Babaylan”

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.

MURAL
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ABLATION

"Ablation" Solo Exhibition

Artist | Video/sound, drawing/painting & installation

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“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.

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SOLO EXHIBITION
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GALLERY

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