Our brief lives as ‘cosmic garbage’ in visual artist Isobel Francisco’s latest exhibition

Inside Manila
PUBLISHED July 4, 2018 02:14 pm | UPDATED July 20, 2018 11:39 am
Photo release/ArtistSpace

(Inside Manila) While the duality of life and destruction reverberated through her previous exhibition, visual artist Isobel “Iso” Francisco’s latest show is an affront to the age-old delusion of man as the center of the universe.


On July 17, 6 p.m., ArtistSpace and Metro Gallery present Disposable Lives, the 5th solo exhibition of Francisco. Disposable Lives chronicles the artist’s visual sojourn as she stares into the void of existence. In Francisco’s hands, waste becomes the central point of the discussion as the artist likens our brief lives to “cosmic garbage,” desperately piecing together human experiences that inevitably decay, disappear, or are rendered meaningless. Building upon the central image of the garbage bag, which was introduced in her 2016 exhibition Sea of Fertility, she wonderfully executes a collection that captures her observations on human ruin. 




LANDFILL (2018)


Oil on canvas


3 x 4 ft






PYRE (2018)


Oil on canvas


4 x 5 ft






DOLLHOUSE (2018)


Oil on canvas


4 x 5 ft




About the Artist


A graduate of Ateneo de Manila University, Isobel “Iso” Francisco has been making waves in the local and international art scene for her signature gritty aesthetic. Specializing in oil, she also dabbles in ink and digital tools. Since her debut in December 2011, the prolific artist has mounted a number of exhibitions in distinguished art spaces in Metro Manila as well as in Hong Kong and China.


Drawing the interest of art critics and aficionado’s for her vivid treatment of her subjects, Francisco is a refreshing revelation of the contemporary artistic ethos. The artist’s work has been prominently featured in a number of print and online publications. She was one of the 75 artists included in “Filipino Artists in Their Studios Volume 2”, launched in April 2018 in the Manila Bulletin. She has also been recently awarded an art residency at the Vermont Studio Center in the United States of America.


Catch Disposable Lives from July 17 to 30 at the ArtistSpace Ayala Museum. Admission is free!




This is a press release from ArtistSpace with minor edits made. ArtistSpace is at the Ayala Museum Annex, Ground Level, Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Makati City, and is open Mondays to Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, please call or e-mail Jane Salvador at (02) 759-8288 or artistspace@ayalamuseum.org.

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