Born in the Philippines, Jelina migrated to Australia in 1997. A prolific artist, Jelina exhibits extensively in South Australia, and also interstate in London and in the USA.
Jelina’s works are conceptually contemporary with her own unique design. Her desire to use art as a catalyst for gender equality, equal rights for women, and cross-cultural understanding is prevalent.
Her work had been professionally reviewed and published, and attracted the attention of a PhD student who used the story of her work as part of a thesis.
The highlight of Jelina’s career was ‘The Golden Tapestry Project’ in 2004, a collaboration with the Millennium Tapestry Company P/L, England and Gawler Primary School. The project celebrated Queen Elizabeth’s 50 years as Head of the Commonwealth. The finished tapestry was exhibited along with other tapestries at Melbourne during the 2006 Commonwealth Games
In 2013 Jelina won the Advantage SA Regional Awards in the Arts Category for the Barossa Region. Other accolades include:
Jelina’s artworks are held in private and public collections in Australia, UK, New Zealand, Japan, USA, Canada, Malta, Cairo, Sweden, Russia, Johannesburg and the Philippines.
She mainly works in regional areas, particularly with the indigenous community at Camp Coorong in South Australia.
I want to convey that art is not just about admiring them from the wall but I want my work to be admire by wearing them, touching them and be part of it as you are wear them'. The more you wear my artwork, the more you embed your own story to the work and that creates timeline, value, identity and uniqueness of my works and you are part of it as a wearer.