For Sal Ponce Enrile, art is an agent of transformation. For many years Ponce Enrile occupied a prominent public post in her native Philippines, serving her people with dedication. Painting gives expression to her vulnerable, personal self. Yet Ponce Enrile also views her art as embodying the resiliency and vibrancy of her people.
Sal creates complex abstract compositions, such as Retrospect and Dream, using acrylic, mixed media, and a variety of textures. Many of her paintings are blurred out or grayed over like memories of a forgotten era. Working primarily in acrylic and mixed media on canvas, her brushstrokes look more like scribbles on a chalkboard, lightly hovering against a dark background. In other pieces, she uses bold, definitive marks that jump out at the viewer, creating moments of contrast and tension in the frame. She likens her work to controlled chaos, where an overall cohesive effect unites an array of bright colors and energetic brushstrokes. This sense of unity permeates her work, bringing together a range of different styles and techniques under one roof.