Published August 21, 2020
Isobel Francisco is a Filipina visual artist, who has exhibited in Hong Kong, Germany, China, and various parts of Metro Manila
A self-proclaimed recluse, Francisco finds herself fortunate to be able to isolate herself from the hectic energy of urban life and just paint. Her oevre most often plays within the confines of the human form and the materiality of paint. Across her works, bodies are found in various active or restful poses, at times intertwined with each other or with drapery, and surrounded by abstract expressionistic verve.
Skin surfaces are carefully built up by thick colorful paint. Imposing her will upon the substance, she makes bodies' solidly emerge from space, only for paint to come alive as material. Rugged stains, swaths of color, and painterly scratches dance around and across bodies, disrupting naturalistic illusion. The approach is consistent and suggests an artist unsatisfied by mere naturalism and faithful depiction.