Rocelie Delfin’s nostalgic drawings of unnamed islands recall the ocean journeys of her youth. Seen from the distance of a barge, these islands are a source of comfort within the vastness of open sea. They become a playful invitation to imagine little stories or adventures of what could exist in these remote and scattered places. Delfin’s brief trips served as momentary escapes, small tastes of freedom from the routines of rural life.

Drawn purely from memory, her intuitive approach produces raw, poetic images that are distinct and unique to her work. Water movement takes shape through hundreds of meticulously drawn miniscule lines, showing the same incredible patience it takes on a sea journey with no land in sight. Tiny abstracted islands, precious as haikus, seem to appear like glimmers of hope in the horizon.

Viewers of these works feel the sense of peace when looking out to endless ripples of ocean and the uneasiness when there is absence of landmark. A sliver of forest brings relief and joy of finally sighting land. Such universal emotional response springs from our human nature as land creatures and social beings, constantly seeking connections to mark our place in the world.

Drawn purely from memory, her intuitive approach produces raw, poetic images that are distinct and unique to her work. Water movement takes shape through hundreds of meticulously drawn minuscule lines, showing the same incredible patience it takes on a sea journey with no land in sight. Tiny abstracted islands, precious as haikus, seem to appear like glimmers of hope in the horizon. – Theo Lucero

Isla opens n September 14, Saturday and will run until October 13. Also opening on the same day is Geraldine Javier’s solo exhibit Bless Us Anyway. MO_Space is located at the 3rd floor of MOs Design Bldg, B2 9th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig. The gallery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.