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November.1-27 | Isabel Roxas Solo Exhibition in Hong Kong & Tokyo

"For Only the Lonely" 
New Drawings by Isabel Roxas

Solo Exhibition in Hong Kong 
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Solo Exhibition in Tokyo 
Gallery Sequel 

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!


― エミリー・ディキンソン

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.

In a few instances, I try to let two lonely characters meet each other, so that they are not totally bereft. Otherwise, it would all be too much to bear.


Isabel (Pepper) Roxas 
(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.

19777月マニラ生まれ・現在ニューヨーク市在住)は、アテネオ デマニラ大学にてコミュニケーションアーツを学び、プラット インスティトゥート ニューヨークにてコミュニケーションデザインの修士号を、フルブライト奨学金により修めた。


彼女は2010年フィリピン全国子供の本賞に輝いた「デイ アット ザ マーケット」(アダルナハウス社)を含め、現在までに12冊超の子供向け物語本に挿絵を描いている。

彼女の最新作「ザ ケース オブ ザ ミッシング ドーナッツ」(アリスン・マックギー著)はダイヤル ブック オブ ヤング リーダーズより最近出版された。現在はダイヤルとタハナンブック社からの若い読者向けの新作に取り組んでいる。

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

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