The ocean reflects the rhythm of the body,
the beating of the heart,
breathing in and out.
Waves like pendulum mark the present,
Each affirming, now–
In the ocean, we are drenched in the present.
Yet in the venerable body of the sea,
We feel the essence of time;
In the pounding surge,
We feel the dense place of our abandoned beginnings.
There is no symbol of the absurd,
Nothing points to the gestures of the subconscious,
More than what lies beneath the surface.
No threat feels more sinister;
Yet the sea is where we cleanse our wounds,
Where we get lost in all that is decadently infinite.
Nothing is more lyrical,
More tenderly complete–
Than the endless sea.
– Grace Ng
Rowin Obrero is a self-taught, full-time artist based in Zamboanga del Sur, Pagadian City who obtained a BS Education Degree from the Southern Mindanao Colleges. Obrero is currently the national consultant for the Philippine chapters of Hawaii-founded group Garden of Arts, with chapters in Isabela, Tarlac, Pangasinan, Dumaguete City, Iligan City and different parts of Zamboanga Del Sur, holding workshops on sketching and painting for aspiring young artists.
“Symphony of the Seas”, featuring works by Rowin Obrero, will be on view simultaneously at Galleria Nicolas Glorietta and Ayala Malls Manila Bay from October 11 to 20, 2021. The Galleries are located at the 3/F Art Space, Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Makati City and at 2/F, Filipino Village, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Diosdado Macapagal Blvd, Parañaque, respectively.