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CHILDREN'S LANGUAGE Isabel Roxas Isabel 10 2009 | dpi ILLUSTRATION Isabel Roxas 1998 Fulbright Roxas Magnolia Kiddos, Happy Feet Roxas Analog Soul, Isabel Roxas firstname.lastname@example.org www.studioroxas.com AngINK SLaB Siverlens ISABEL ROXAS is an illustrator, graphic designer, erstwhile toymaker, traveler and amateur gardener. She has engaged her talents and whimsical sense of humor across various media resulting in a number of children's books, packaging design for food (Magnolia) to indie bands (Ang Bandang Shirley), apparel for various local brands (Analog Soul, Kiddos, Happy Feet), and her own line of paper goods.She was born in Manila and graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with a BA in Communication Arts in 1998. After a few years in the publishing industry, she went on to pursue her master's degree in Communication Design on a Fulbright scholarship at Pratt Institute in New York. Isabel is dedicated to protecting the Environment. She has created much of the design material for the non-pro t, Children's Environmental Awareness and Action Foundation (CEAAF), and is currently at work on a book on climate change for HSBC. She is a member of Ang Illustrador ng Kabataan (AngINK), AIGA NY (The Professional Association for Design) and is an exhibiting artist at SLab, Silverlens Gallery. 02 01 04 05 06 03 01. Giant Malt 02. Little Vicks 03. Little Duck 04. Shirleys 05. 1AM/PM 06. Giant Squid vs. the Red Team (Solo show) Drawings of Hope and Fear Venue: Store for All Seasons, 2007 Medium: Watercolor Size: 8 x 24 in. dpi | 2009 11 CHILDREN'S LANGUAGE Studio Roxas Surfacing NYC dpi : Could you talk about Studio Roxas? What are you currently working on? Roxas : Studio Roxas is the title I've given to my design/illustration/art practice. My background is in Children's book illustration, and through the years I've branched out into graphic design, art, and product design. I currently work out of a small apartment on a quiet block in Queens (NYC), though I used to be based in Manila. I am an advocate for the environment and try to involve myself in projects that help protect reefs and endangered species. Sometimes this interest in marine life shows up in my painting as well (Img. Surfacing). I'm currently hard at work on my collection of paper goods to launch in the fall as well as a couple of book projects for children. 08 09 07 10 11 12 13 14 07. Bloom (Solo show) Drawings of Hope and Fear Venue: Store for All Seasons, 2007 Medium: Watercolor and collage Size: 8 x 24 in. 08. Little Red Fox 09. Pixie Parasosl (Solo show) Maude, Marie and Other Curiosities Venue: 20square, Silverlens photo Gallery, 2009 Medium: Resin, fabric, and driftwood Size: 5.6 x 3 x 6.6 in. Photography by: Rachel Rillo 10. Keen City with other pieces (group show) Alternate Endings, Deleted Scenes Venue: PABLO Gallery, 2007 Medium: mixed media Size: 12 x 16 in. Photography by: Paolo Lim 11. My dear Blue-footed Booby (Solo show) Maude, Marie and Other Curiosities Venue: 20square, Silverlens photo Gallery, 2009 Medium: Resin, fabric, bird's nest and vintage box Size: 9.44 x 5.5 in. Photography by: Rachel Rillo 12. ANG BANDANG SHIRLEY album art 13. ANG BANDANG SHIRLEY album cover 14. Patience, Grasshopper 12 2009 | dpi ILLUSTRATION Isabel Roxas dpi : What was the most signi Roxas : Moving to NYC the ficant event in your artistic life? first time was a big turning point in my artistic life. I was inspired by all the creativity that swirled all around me�on the streets, on the subways, in galleries, libraries, events in the park, at restaurants, everywhere. It was incredible. It just opened up so many possibilities and I met a lot of really remarkable, gifted people who taught me to see, and emboldened me to believe I could build and make anything I set my mind to do. 3D 20 dpi : What is your philosophy in your art world? Roxas : I like to tell stories and I want people to be able to explore their own ideas about the little worlds and scenes I've conjured up for them. I feel that art and illustration is way for people to explore di erent possibilities, not just fantastic ones. It exercises the mind in order to think more freely, more imaginatively. Silverlens ( MAUDE, Marie Maude&Marie Pixie other Curiosities Parasols ) My Dear Blue-Footed Booby dpi | 2009 13 CHILDREN'S LANGUAGE dpi : What's the most challenging or dif thing while creating and producing progress of your works usually? What's the biggest challenge to you in art led? How do you deal with that usually? I think ficult the dolls that I made for my show Maude, Marie other Curiosities at 20 Square, Silverlens Gallery in Manila. I spent a few months trudging in snow, visiting various History and medical museums, looking at specimens, marveling at taxidermy, and sorting through ea markets searching for a theme and unifying mood for the show. Once I had that, it took a few more weeks nding just the right fabric, frames, objects and then sculpting, sanding and putting it altogether. It was a lot of work, but it was thoroughly satisfying as well. For this series I was inspired by the notion of a collector with a taste for the Odd, and for tales that tend to go awry. I wanted visitors to imagine the show was his study, where his menagerie of strange little creatures and artifacts were on display. nding the right story or theme to ficult thing to capture. explore is the most dif I spend a lot of my time researching ideas, exploring, collecting textures and inspiration. Once I've developed my core ideas, then it's just a matter of execution, which normally goes quite quickly, unless I am teaching myself to do something new, like building a 3d object. dpi : Which one of the illustration is your favorite? Could you talk about the creating concept? Roxas : I am pretty happy having created Giant Squid vs. the Red team. A couple of years ago, I was reading about a Giant Squid that a Japanese able to capture on lm crew was rst time. 15 lm for the 17 16 They marveled at how ferocious it was. Serendipitously, I had also recently read an article about the Japanese synchronized swimming team. I'm not even sure what it was about anymore, but I had clipped the photo and put in my journal. Somehow those two ideas found a way to connect themselves in my head and I was happy to have a deliciously ambiguous scene that could either be either ominous or whimsical, depending, I suppose, on your own disposition. dpi : Which one of image made you spent the most of time and e ort? What message you would like to convey through this work?? Roxas : So far, the most challenging have been 15. Origami 101 16. Magic Grow (Solo show) Drawings of Hope and Fear Venue: Store for All Seasons, 2007 Medium: Watercolor and collage Size: 8 x 24 in. 17. Surfacing (Group Show) Super ficial Venue: F+ART Gallery, Manila 2007 Medium: Watercolor and Handmade paper Size: 8.5 x 10. 5 inches, 4 pieces 14 2009 | dpi ILLUSTRATION Isabel Roxas Jonathan Levine Giant Robot Swoon Pictoplasma dpi : What are your future goals in the art world? Roxas : So far I've mainly been creating small, intimate objects that require the viewer to come close in order to fully appreciate the work. I'd like to try creating images and objects that take up an entire wall or engulf the viewer. I love the work of Ernesto Neto and recently visited one of his massive pieces at the Armory and it was a dreamy, wonderful experience. Also, I really enjoy the sound projects by Janet Cardi , so perhaps a few pieces working with noise and silence might be in the oven. Friends with You " " Paolo Lim Mike Sicam Alternate Endings and Deleted Scenes Ernesto Neto Janet Cardi ( dpi : For you, what is the contemporary art? Roxas : I like what's going on at venues like Jonathan Levine Gallery here in NY, Pictoplasma in Berlin and Giant Robot in San Francisco. There are a lot of younger artists who are taking their illustration, toy design or graf fiti to a di erent level, and I find their work very exciting. A young artist named Swoon for example, has moved from her wheat-pasted art on Brooklyn walls to sailing on a boat made from junk from Slovenia to Venice; groups like Friends with You started their careers by creating plush animals and are now making giant balloons to parade at the Miami Basel Art Fair; and the illustrator Carrie Chau last year, mounted a large show and outdoor installation in Causeway bay. It's not just that the work has become larger and more ambitious. I'm impressed by the fact that they are able to nd new ways to express their ideas and reach a broader audience for their work. dpi : Extra information if you might also be interested in: Roxas : I enjoy collaborating with other artists. One show I particularly enjoyed working on was called Alternate Endings and Deleted Scenes, with Paolo Lim and Mike Sicam, two other artists whom I knew from College. Our creations and personalities are so distinct from one another, but we wanted to exhibit as a unit, and not a motley collection of disparate parts, so we created this system in which we could produce individual art pieces, that once assembled, formed a totally new structure. The structures/combinations we built for the show could only exist while the exhibit was ongoing. Once the show ended, each piece was sent adrift to exist on its own once again. Armory Keen City Group ) Isabel Roxas dpi | 2009 15