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"For Only the Lonely" New Drawings by Isabel Roxas
Solo Exhibition in Hong Kong
petit morpho November.1-15/2013
----------------------------------- Solo Exhibition in Tokyo
Gallery Sequel November.17-27/2013 Opening Reception// November.17 (Sunday) 5:00pm-8:00pm We will be there together with Isabel in Tokyo!
"For Only The Lonely"
I’m nobody! Who are you? Are you nobody, too? Then there’s a pair of us — don’t tell! They’d banish us, you know. How dreary to be somebody! How public, like a frog To tell your name the livelong day To an admiring bog! —Emily Dickenson
それなら私達は似たもの同士 ― 誰にも言わないで！
In an age when we are so interconnected (globally, electronically),
the question still begs to be asked: Why am I (we) so alone?
The title for this exhibition comes from Frank Sinatra’s seminal album on heartbreak—one of my many companions in the studio. While for many years I have sought ways of approaching the subject of loneliness, I found that I was deeply moved by the recent news that Gus, the Lonely Polar Bear had died.
Gus was a lonely, neurotic bear who lived for many years in the Central Park Zoo in New York City. Male Polar Bears are solitary animals, they roam the arctic for months at a time—hunting, swimming, doing the things that Polar Bears do. In the zoo, Gus was alone, but there were no seals to hunt, no miles of snow-covered peaks to walk, no walruses to fight off. Nothing to do but watch the constant flow of people who stare at and wave into his habitat. And swim. Gus would swim back and forth incessantly, until the zookeepers thought there might be something wrong: they surmised that Gus was bored, and lonely.
Thinking about Gus’ life lead me to thoughts about being alone in general—about my own frustrations when working in isolation, the happy solitude of being immersed in a project, and the many stories of melancholy my friends have told me over time.
There are different kinds of loneliness: the solo bear who develops a neurotic habit of swimming ceaselessly back and forth in his cage, a little girl lost in the middle of nowhere, the last kid to be picked up from school…again. These are the little worlds that make up this collection of solitudes.
Emily Dickenson’s famous poem introduced the idea of word play into the lonely scenes. Taking loneliness literally, the text in some drawings visually represents the silent “elephant in the room,” a key to an emotion that many people feel each day.
(b. July 1977; born in Manila, currently living in New York City)
studied Communication Arts at the Ateneo de Manila University and pursued her Masters in Communication Design at Pratt Institute NY on a Fulbright Scholarship.
Isabel is a whimsical artist, with a taste for the odd and tales that go awry. She works in different media—books, sculpture and paper—to tell her sad tales of loss, loneliness and fear, peppered with a dash of hope.
To date, she has illustrated over a dozen storybooks for children including Day at the Market (Adarna House), which received the Philippine National Children’s Book Award in 2010.
Her latest book The Case of the Missing Donut by Alison McGhee, was recently published by DIAL Books for Young Readers. She is currently at work on a new picture book for DIAL and Tahanan Books for Young Readers.
SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2011 Keen City | SLab, Silverlens Galleries, Manila 2010 Maude, Marie and other Curiosities | 20 Square, Silverlens Galleries, Manila 2008 Drawings of Hope and Fear | Store for All Seasons, Manila
GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2013 Walong Filipina | Liongoren Gallery, Manila 2011 Chopsticks | hpgrp Gallery, New York 2011 We are not Aimless | Manila Contemporary, Manila 2009 Tabi Tabi Po | 1AM Gallery, San Francisco 2008 Frailty | PABLO, Manila 2007 Superficial | THEO Gallery, Manila 2007 Alternate Endings, Deleted Scenes | PABLO, Manila