Rochelle Bakisan

Rochelle Bakisan

Born and raised in Baguio City, Rochelle is passionate in promoting Cordilleran Culture through her art, drawing from old photographs and curiosity of the outsider’s idea. Her works range from personal to modern interpretations such as portraits of ancestors to the image of the bulol contrasted with religious motifs.

She loves to travel and explore the arts that embody people and a particular place. Part of her journey is to conduct art workshops focusing on the idea that “everyone can create art with what they have around them.” She is inspired by children’s interpretations of their artworks and encourages art making with natural materials. Rochelle is innovative in her art process, applies conventional methods and combines it with her inherited Cordilleran art style. She uses ancient materials such as soil and natural pigments, creating her own palette of soil colors. She also upcycles denim and used clothes into bags and makes crafts for her business Boslay Arts and Crafts.