Following the mixed reactions of her recent visual promotion for her upcoming exhibit, Solenn Heussaff wrote an apology to those who were hurt by the photo she posted.
It can be recalled that in her visual promotion, the actress chose a street in a local neighborhood as the background of her painting and rug design. The post has since been deleted by Solenn.
On Thursday, March 4, Solenn wrote, "I’ve been thinking a lot about the comments you guys left on the photo I posted. I know it sparked some debate and there were both good and bad takes on it. While I appreciate the encouragement some shared, I also want to apologize to those I have hurt," she said.
The actress also explained why she chose to have the photoshoot on the street for her visual promotion.
"Wanted to shoot it in a typical street, those we drive by everyday. Streets full of life, since all my paintings are about the people we see. Not the rich or the poor but people for who they are. Humanity. The choice of painting was to show the environmental side. The abundance and balance of what life was, but also growth and hope," she said.
Solenn remarked that what happened has been a learning experience for her.
"Though yes, art is subjective, and your thoughts made me more sensitive to different perspectives on my choice of setting (it wasn't a terrible marketing team, it was me, no one else to blame) and this really was a learning experience for me," she said.
She also stressed, "It wasn't my intention to hurt or offend anyone. It was my hope that I could lend my voice and my art to show the reality of Filipinos."
Solenn also remarked that she did not want to romanticize "poverty of the everyday Pinoy or the resiliency that we naturally have."
"I really hoped to honor our people by being truthful about the kind of life a lot of Filipinos live today and to show that Filipinos deserve better. Thank you for letting this be an eye-opener for me as well. And to those that I have offended, I am sorry,” she concluded.
In the comment section, her husband Nico Bolzico then replied to her post saying, "Your heart is the reason I fell in love with you. You inspire me everyday, as a wife, friend, mum, daughter, sister and artist."