Two years ago, “adult coloring books” sold like hot cakes the moment our local book stores carried it. Aside from the calming therapy it promised, the activity of coloring patterns and flowers itself brought nostalgia like no other. A chance to forget about adulting for a while? Yes, please. Though it served its purpose, the twee trend left as fast as it came, giving way for PageJump Folio to publish a real “capital-a” Adult coloring books for adults like us, if you know what I mean. *wink*
Going beyond paisley and floral outlines is Linya Erotika, an adult coloring book that showcases the work of three contemporary artists who will lead you to a place of “flowing movement, uninhibited emotions, and human desires.” Permitted uncensored creative freedom, artists Kay Aranzanso, Isobel Francisco, and Tokwa Peñaflorida explored Linya Erotika in their individual ways.
Kay focuses on participants in a sexual act, and how the physical intimacy between individuals is open to interpretation — that the intimacy may not necessarily be healthy or genuine. Tokwa’s focus on the male body at its most raw and vulnerable is an ode to the male form and of homosexual love in the context of a predominantly heterosexual status quo (in pop culture, media, and art). Isobel’s drawings are less about the sexual act and more about the strength, uncertainties, and the gray areas that come with adult personhood and relationships; she also invites colorists to interpret and fill up the deliberate spaces around her subjects as they see fit.
Linya Erotika aims to expand the concept of adult coloring books without limitations and to broaden the Filipino’s perception about human sexuality and adult relationships. So get your coloring materials ready, it’s time to sit at the adult table.
The Linya Erotika book launch will be happening on March 18, 2017, 6pm at Warehouse Eight. They’re also looking to do Linya Erotika Coloring Sessions, an adults-only coloring event that will serve as an open space to appreciate the book and its message.
For more details, check their website and follow them on Instagram.