The Hue & I: In A Secret Garden Collection
The HUE & I Collection was presented by the Haarlemmermeer-Cebu sister cities association in 2000 in two venues in Holland. Upon my return to Cebu, I added a few more pieces to the collection and dubbed it, "Secret Gardens" and showed it at the SM CArt Center.
"Paulina gives quilting a new life and fresh introduction, challenging local art’s long-established conventional taste. Paulina opted to employ the quilt as foundation to apply paint on in her never-ending quest for innovation to present her most recent body of works collectively dubbed "Secret Garden". Certainly she's found this intimate secret garden, a place close to her heart inside that world of her own which her art provides. So evident her art virtually yells of eureka exposing a playful environment of Utopian dimensions and dream-like shambala where people, plants and animals mingle together without inhibitions enjoying nature's composite wonders. A kind of scenario talked about in the book of Genesis. She makes good her belief that "in our heart of hearts, there exists a secret garden in which lies the seed of goodness". Her frolicsome brush applications super-imposed on stitches and needlework result in a successful fusion of folk tradition and contemporary art making brought about by her seriousness in the discipline without forgetting the fun in play. Her huge playful canvas just seems to come alive with figures in their most vibrant choice of paint applications with those curious eyes and friendly smiles, as if calling the charmed viewer to be one with the paintings. I, too, was a victim to this bewitching quality of the paintings for those animated characters in glossy canvas and its uneven surface are a silent invitation to experience a tactile feel. Touching them, I felt a bounce of cushion in between layers of canvas and found out what quilts are actually made for, they're good to sleep on or used as blankets. Quilts therefore are functional devices for a comfortable rest. Composing the folkloric imagery of the works are joyful expressions of its hospitable characters, our native antuwanga flower, birds of paradise, pets and sunflowers are distinct attributes of an authentic Cebuano landscape and customary tradition. The facial features of the people as subjects however, are very Latin and resembling the Frida Khaloesque form and are likely to be residues of Paulina's Mexican wanderings in 1999."
- Excerpts from Paulina Sleeps on Quilt and Dreams of a Secret Garden
  By Ritchie Landis Doner Quijano , Sunstar Life & Leisure, Cebu, Feb 2001
 
Here are a few painted quilts from the HUE & I collection